<![CDATA[All Blogs]]> <![CDATA[Members Renew Investment November 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-November-2014/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 8, 2014 – November 20, 2014:

 

4-Lads LLC dba McDonald's of Gretna

Ashley Furniture Home Store

Bassett Office Supply

Blue Ridge Beverage

Blue Ridge Fiberboard, Inc.

Bojangles - Mountain Food Services

Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area

Chatham Health & Rehabilitation Center

Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs

Commonwealth Pharmacy

Compton & Nichols, Inc. C&N Storage

Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service Inc.

Computer Clinic Inc.

Crosscountry Mortgage

Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Daniel Builders LLC

Chris Daniel

Danview Restaurant, Inc.

Danville Regional Foundation

Excelen Performance Inc.

Family Eyecare Center

GENEDGE ALLIANCE - Headquarters

The Gentry Farm

Get Fit Dan River Region

Cesar Guanzon

Hill Chiropractic Clinic

John Holt & Co. Chimney Service Inc.

Bill McMann

MedExpress Urgent Care

Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc

C. Edward Neal

Orkin Pest Control

Paradise Lake & Campground

Piggly Wiggly of Danville, Inc.

Riverside BP

Solex Architecture

Unilin - Columbia Flooring

Vaughan & Associates

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<![CDATA[New Members November 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-November-2014/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

 

Axxor

Robert Boerrigter

2275 Cane Creek Parkway

Ringgold, VA 24586

434-509-0508

Manufacturers and Processors

 

New City Dance Space

Danya & Jose Zuniga

616 N Main Street Loft

Danville, VA 24540

434-836-3437

Dance - Studios and Instruction

 

White Oak Mountain Farms, Inc.

Ray Emerson

2348 Hopewell Road

Dry Fork, VA 24549

434-250-8163

Agriculture

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<![CDATA[Member News November 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-November-2014/
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Philip A. Haley has been named the new president/CEO of the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County. Read more… 

The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recently recognized Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) with Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. Achievement of Primary Stroke Center Certification signifies an organization’s dedication to fostering better outcomes for patients. Danville Regional’s Primary Stroke Center Certification has demonstrated that our program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients. Read more… 

Jerry Dooley, interim chief executive officer of Danville Regional Medical Center and interim market president of LifePoint Hospitals South Central Virginia Market, announced Spencer Thomas as the new chief operating officer at DRMC. Read more… 

Wilkins & Co. Realtors, the long standing market leader in Dan River Region real estate industry recently announced the launching of a redesigned logo and a new and improved website.   “When Wilkins & Co. was founded in 1992, our goal was not to be the largest real estate company in the Region, but to be the best,” said Hampton Wilkins, President, Wilkins & Co. Take a look…
 

Danville Community College’s public relations office garnered seven major awards, including six first place (Gold) honors at the 2014 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District II Medallion Awards competition held recently in Nashville, Tennessee. Read more… 

The Arc of Southside has received an $850,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region that will allow The Arc to move employment services from its Blairs campus to a more accessible location. Read more… 

Continuing a successful run of producing beautiful, custom trophies, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing & Energy Efficiency has produced the 2015 Pinnacle Award Trophies for the American Society of Furniture Designers. Read more… 

Dr. Susan Dhivianathan, a family physician, recently joined Centra Medical Group Dominion. Read more… 

Supply Resources has received a $75,000 grant for its new corporate headquarters construction work. Read more… 

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced that Dr. Anmar Al-Qaisi, pediatrician, has joined its medical staff. Read more… 

The popular computer training workshops have returned for the next few months at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more… 

Centra has signed a 30-year affiliation agreement with Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, a substantial change from the five-year non-exclusive agreement initially signed in 2013, prior to the college’s opening. Read more… 

Dr. Scott Spillmann, a board certified preventative/occupational medicine physician, has joined Danville Regional Medical Center. Read more… 

The City of Danville’s River District Development Project was recently named the winner in its population category for the Virginia Municipal League’s 2014 Achievement Awards. Read more… 

Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for a period of three years, according to a news release from the organization. Read more… 

Danville attorney Sandra Chinn-Gilstrap, of Woods Rogers, was recently appointed to the Virginia State Bar Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course Faculty for a three-year term, beginning Oct. 7. Read more… 

American National Bank and Trust Company (American National) has opened a new location in Mebane, N.C., at 1008 Mebane Oaks Road, and has taken the opportunity to enhance how customers will experience and interact with the bank while there. Read more… 

The Willard Companies announced plans for its annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Concert event at Westlake Towne Center on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Westlake Towne Center’s free, family-oriented event will feature live music, light refreshments, tree lighting, photo opportunity with Santa, and the chance to win a $1,000 Shopping Spree.
 

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment October 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-October-2014/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014:

 

Adams Construction Company - Southside Division

American Forest Management, Inc.

Beacon Credit Union

Comfort Inn & Suites

Complexions Dermatology

Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service

Curves

Dameron Plumbling & Heating

Danville Historical Society

Danville Regional Foundation

Danville Surgical Center, Inc.

Davenport & Company LLC

Don's Auto Recycling

Elliott Electric of Danville, Inc.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Steve Farrar, CPA

G & W Associates

The Gentry Farm

Harman Eye Center of Danville

HD Web Studio

KEA Consulting Services, LLC

Lawson-Overbey Inn

Liberty University Athletics

Delegate Danny Marshall's Office

Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Breaux

Bill McMann

Noblis

Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation

PathStone

Piggly Wiggley of Danville

Prescott Financial Management

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania

Sodexo Campus Services

State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent

Stratford Healthcare Center

Swedwood Danville LLC

Tune & Toler, Inc.

Unique Industries

Wells Fargo

Williamsburg Village Apartments

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<![CDATA[New Members Join Chamber October 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-Join-Chamber-October-2014/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

 

Larry Barts

2404 Laurel Grove Road

Sutherlin, VA 24594

(434) 822-7087

 

J & M Truck Services             

Dee Mayberry

PO Box 438

Blairs, VA 24527

(434) 836-5687

Automobile Repairs & Service

 

New London Technology, Inc.            

Mark Glahn

23 Turkey Foot Road 

Lynchburg, VA 24502

(434) 525-0068

Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone

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<![CDATA[Member News 10-13-14]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-10-13-14/
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Danville’s Ikea plant will add a new production line by January 2016 — and the expansion will result in an undetermined number of new hires by the company. Read more…

Amthor International, which manufactures truck-mounted tanks, plans to add 30 jobs because of an increase in production at its plant in Gretna. Read more…

Danville Community College has been awarded a $2.5 million grant to invest in job-driven training and relationship-building with local employers, the White House announced. Read more…

Carlisle School is excited to announce the Carlisle Championship Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament to be held Friday, October 17 at Danville Golf Club. Registration is $100/golfer or $400/team with lunch included, sponsorship opportunities are also available. Space is limited so register today by calling Mike Waddell at 434-228-1501 or email mwaddell@carlisleschool.org.  Lunch begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 pm.

Carl Manasco was named the recipient of the National Association of Realtors Major Investor award. He is the principal broker at Prudential Manasco Realty with 40 years of housing industry experience, which includes 15 years in mobile or modular manufacturing and 25 years in real estate sales and management. Read more…

The Virginia Tobacco Commission approved a grant application to establish an IT Academy at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. Read more…

Virginia Living magazine recently named Danville Community College as one of its “Top High Schools and Colleges” for 2014. The list appears in a supplement to the magazine’s October issue. Read more…

Food service management company Bon Appétit has named White Flint Farm a finalist in its grant awards. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center’s new cardiac catheterization is equipped to handle many tasks from cardiac diagnostic procedures to cardiac interventions to pacemakers. Read more…

Scott Lowman, a scientist who recently earned his Ph.D. through Institute for Advanced Learning & Research’s partnership with Virginia Tech in January, received word that his work has been accepted for publication. Read more…

Lisa Tucker has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s new director of surgical services. Read more…

GENEDGE recently announced the formation of a new program initiative known as Virginia Domestic Markets Expansion Program — VA DMEP. Read more…

United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County appointed Jennifer Smith, formerly with Danville-Pittsylvania County Community Services, to serve as interim president while the organization searches for a new president and CEO. Read more…

Downtown Danville Association invites Families and children out for Halloween CREEPY CANDY CRAWL on Friday, October 31st from 3pm to 5pm. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region (CFDRR) was recently presented a $250,000 gift from Duke Energy in support of the new RiverBank Fund earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River. Read more…

Come one, come all - get ready for your holiday gift-giving in the most "tasteful" way.  Join us at the SleepyGotique at SleepyGoat Farm on December 6, 2014 from 12 pm to 6 pm for free cheese tasting, refreshments, and a unique shopping experience.  We'll have cheese to buy for all your holiday needs, holiday pies, unique gifts, and other featured vendors, too.  Come join the fun and get some of your holiday shopping done at the same time! Read more…

–   The Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter is pleased to announce that three of its staff members have been chosen as members of national workgroups established by the national organization in Chicago. Jane Massie, Development Manager in the Lynchburg and Danville areas, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Walk to End Alzheimer's Advisory Council. Mary Sandridge, the chapter’s Communications Director, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Concern & Awareness Advisory Council. Suzanne Cresswell, Development Manager in the Roanoke and New River Valley areas, has been chosen to serve on the FY15 Direct Mail and Intermediate Gifts Advisory Council. Sue Friedman, Chapter President and CEO, has been chosen to serve on the Mission Fund Advisory Council.

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment July - August 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-Renew-Investment-July---August-2014/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between July 01, 2014 -  August 30, 2014:

 

Abercrombie Physical Therapy, P.C.

Adams, Elmore and Fisk, PLC

Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated

Alan Dalton Photography

All Metal and Auto Recycling

Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia

Allied Supply Corporation of Danville

Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter

American Red Cross, Piedmont Virginia Chapter - Danville Office

Amthor International, Inc.

Angle Eye Center

Annie's House Adult Day Care Center / Shelia Isom Ministries, Inc.

The Arc of Southside

Arlene's Closet LLC

Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.

B & W Floral Designs Inc.

Badcock & More Home Furniture

Belk

Blackwell Automotive, Inc.

Blankenship & Davis Opticians

Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria

Carlisle School

Centech Service Corporation

Chatmoss Cablevision, Inc.

City of Danville

Dr. Nancy Coppic Clark

Clerk of Circuit Court Danville, Virginia

Community Improvement Council, Inc.

Computer Clinic Inc.

Core Physical Therapy

Courtyard by Marriott

Daly Seven, Inc.

Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities

Danville Paint & Supply Co.

Danville Ready Mix

Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Pearson, P.C.

Garrett's Tax Service

Giles-Flowerland and Caterers

Global Food Connection, Inc.

Golden Leaf Bistro

Goodyear Auto Service Center

Gretna Health & Rehabilitation Center

Gretna Little Theatre, Inc.

Hajoca Corporation

Hampton Inn

Donna F. Helton, DDS, PC

Home Oxygen & Medical Equipment of VA, Inc.

The Homeplace Vineyard, Inc.

Hughes Marine Service, Inc.

Integrated Technology Group, Inc.

JTI Leaf Services, LLC

The Launch Place

Lowe's

Matthews Sanitation Services, LLC

Meadows Service Center, Inc.

Mount Hermon Animal Clinic

Negril, Inc.

N'Tended For Kids, Inc. - Dance Too & Merle Norman Cosmetics

Old Dutch Supermarkets

Peace Haven Personal Care Services

Piedmont Credit Union

Piney Forest Healthcare Center

Pittsylvania County

R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant

Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.

Riverside Dry Cleaning, Inc.

Riverside Roof Truss, LLC

Claudette S. Robertson, P.C.

ServPro of Lynchburg

Sherwood House Furniture

SleepyGoat Cheese

Smith Funeral Services, Inc.

Social Security Administration

Southern States Co-Operative-Danville

Southside Electric Coop.

TekaByte, Inc.

Verizon Wireless Zone

Vintages by the Dan

Virginia Museum of Natural History

Wayne Wilson & Company

W. A. Wells & Associates

Westover Christian Academy

Williams Transportation and Storage, Inc.

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<![CDATA[August 2014 New Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/August-2014-New-Members/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

 

ADD Equipment Inc.

Addison Blair                                                                          

1123 Valley Road

PO Box 476

Gretna, VA 24557

(434) 656-2440

Services

 

Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History                     

Cara Burton

975 Main Street

Danville, VA 24541

434-793-5644

Attractions, Museums & Recreation

 

Deb’s Gospel Café LLC            

Deborah Ettah

1067 Piney Forest Road

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 548-8882

Restaurant & Catering

 

FCS, Incorporated                                                                  

Conrad Smith

527 Main Street

Danville, VA 24541

(434) 489-4342

Janitorial & Air Duct System Cleaning

 

Simpson Funeral Museum                                           

Bill Simpson

16 South Main Street

PO Box 1179

Chatham, VA 24531

434-432-1085

Attractions, Museums & Recreation

 

Vista Clinical Diagnostics                                           

Brian Mills

3303-C North Main Street

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 214-6009

Laboratories

The Wendell Scott Foundation, Inc.                                        

Warrick F. Scott, Sr.                                       

P.O. Box 3734

Danville, VA 24543

(434) 533-0097

Organizations

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<![CDATA[Member News August 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-August-2014/
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To help innovative entrepreneurs expedite the early stages of their start-up development process, The Launch Place established an investment initiative called the Pre-Seed Investment Program to further these entrepreneurs’ market and product validation and/or business model refinement. Read more…

FoodortunityTM - The opportunity to have a donation made to the food charity of your choice brought to you by CIT! Let us know which food charity you would like for us to support. We will be donating $10,000 to the charity that gets the most votes, $5,000 to the first runner-up, and $2,500 to the second runner-up. Voting will continue through 5 pm EDT on August 29.  The winners will be announced on September 13. Read more to vote.

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of Robin Clark as its new director of medical/surgical services on July 27. Read more…

Infinity Global, Inc., a provider of branded packaging solutions for the luxury retail segment, announces the appointment of W. Huntington Byrnes as General Counsel, effective July 28, 2014. Read more… Also, Infinity Global recently named Anil Kumar as Vice President of Finance, effective June 30, 2014. Read more…

Annie Martinie has joined the Danville Regional Foundation team as a senior program officer. Read more…

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Mike Payne, a long-serving staff member at Hargrave Military Academy, has been named Hargrave’s commandant of cadets. Read more…

 Dr. Brian W. Zagol, a local cardiologist currently practicing at Cardiology Consultants of Danville, recently completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center where he earned the honor of being named Interventional Cardiology Fellow of the Year. Read more…

Certified Elder Law Attorney Robert W. Haley — with The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia — has been named to the 2014 Virginia Super Lawyers list. Read more…

Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently announced the appointment of Danville resident Missy Neff Gould to the Virginia Tobacco Commission. Gould works as Market Director of Community and Government Relations for LifePoint Hospitals in Southern Virginia which includes Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville. Read more… 

Two new staff members have joined Commonwealth Physical Therapy in Danville. Brock McFarland, a recent graduate of Pima Medical Institute in Denver, joined the rehab team as a physical therapy assistant in May. Dr. Dan Morgan joined the clinic’s team earlier in July as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co. has announced that Bob Nadler will be the bank’s senior vice president of trust and investment services. Read more…

 The Danville Regional Foundation is revamping its Make It Happen grant program — now offering up to $25,000 for organizations to improve the quality of life in the Dan River Region. Read more…

The Southern Virginia Education Center in South Boston is offering assessments and training for the Manufacturing Technician 1 certification. Read more…
 

Compressed Air Best Practices® Magazine interviewed Michael Jones, Corporate Energy Team Leader, from Intertape Polymer Group (IPG). Congratulations on being named a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency! Read more…

 The Virginia Museum of Natural History and the City of Waynesboro, in partnership with the Center for Coldwaters Restoration, recently announced that they have successfully raised $50,000 to fund the development of a master plan for a proposed VMNH natural science interpretive facility in Downtown Waynesboro. Read more…

Rick Barker Properties is developing 554 Craghead Street, in the heart of Danville's River District, into Class A office space. The 7000 square feet first floor has been leased to Supply Resources (SRI), for its new corporate headquarters, leaving 14,000 square feet available for the second and third floor office development. Read more…

Sky Valley Foods, a North Carolina-based maker of natural and organic sauces and salad dressings, announced that it is relocating to Airside Industrial Park in the City of Danville, where the company expects to expand its business and add new product lines. Read more…

With award-winning exhibits and a variety of programs and activities for visitors of all ages, the Virginia Museum of Natural History is a great destination for groups of all sizes and age groups. With the new “10 for 10” program, groups of 10 or more can now receive group admission and lunch for only $10 per person! To accommodate various groups, we ask that you book your package at least 10 days prior to your visit. To book your 10 for 10 visit, please call 276-634-4147 or email diane.clark@vmnh.virginia.gov.

Danville Science Center’s Digital Dome Theater will welcome five new giant screen films to its lineup this year. Transport back in time, tumble with pandas in bamboo forests and take a wild ride through the solar system with these dynamic new shows. Read more…

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that their partnership with the Danville Regional Foundation will continue.  DRF has committed $750,000 over the next three years to support area organizations through their competitive grant cycle.  The Community Foundation has made over $4,000,000 in grants with assistance from the Danville Regional Foundation since their first partnership in 2008.  These funds have allowed the Community Foundation to improve and enrich the Dan River Region by providing needed assistance to local organizations.

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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company, Inc.
Julie Brown
209 Trade Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 529-2739
Manufacturing and Processors

Bon Appétit Management Company at Averett University
Michael Moroni
420 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-7307
Catering

Kinetico-Advanced Water Systems
Ron Sheckells
146 Annaron Court
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 614-2546
Services

Mindful Connections
Linda McConahey
2087 NC Hwy 700
Pelham, NC 27311
(336) 388-9964
Counseling

Thomas M. Powell
9000 Matoaka Glen Road
Quinton, VA 23141
(804) 932-3593
Apartment Rentals

Providence Family & Sports Medicine
Lisa Wood
441-E Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 791-4110
Physicians & Surgeons

Shear Image Salon and Tanning Inc.
Heather Swanson
10372 Martinsville Highway
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 685-5000
Salons - Hair, Nail, Spa, Tanning
 

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<![CDATA[Thank You to Members for Renewing Your Investment]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Thank-You-to-Members-for-Renewing-Your-Investment/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 25, 2014 – June 27, 2014:

 

Abundant Life World Outreach

Alcova Mortgage

Bankers Insurance, LLC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Smith Mountain Lake Real Estate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.

BISTRO 1888

The Brick Running & Tri Store

Carter Craig Attorneys at Law

David D. Childress, DDS

Collie Equipment Company

Colonial Ridge Apartments

Comfort Inn & Suites

Dan River Region Association of Realtors

Danville Dental Associates

Danville Pittsylvania Community Services

Danville Women’s Care, P.C.

Ecomnets

Finch & Finch, Inc. Funeral and Cremation Service

J. Clint Fleming, Inc.

Four Seasons Pest Control

Free Clinic of Danville

Ginger Bread House & Garden Center

God’s Storehouse

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Goodyear Tire & Service Network

H & R Block

Haymore & Holland, PC

Horizontech, Inc.

Insurance Junction

Kare Pharmacy

Kid-Konnection Child Development Center

Lavinder Group and Associates

Leesville Lake Association Inc.

Liberty Tax Services

Love4Paws

Mary Kay Cosmetics

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative

New Beginnings Insurance Services

Newcomb Carpet

nTelos

Panoramic Wellness

Party Palooza

Pemberton Lofts

Piedmont Printing & Graphics Inc.

Pittsylvania County Public Library System

Riverside Insurance Agency

Romar Elevators

Russell Scruggs

Semones Automotive

Showcase Magazine

SleepyGoat Cheese

Southern Office Machines

Southern State Chatham Cooperative

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

J. W. Squire Company, Inc.

State Farm Insurance & Financial Services

State Farm-Donelson Insurance Agency, Inc.

Stratford Courtyard Conference Center

Thompson Insurance Services

Trane

Virdia, Inc.

Virginia Technical Institute

Wal-Mart #1465

Wells Fargo Advisors

Drs. Wentz & Manry

J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.

Your I.T. Professional LLC

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<![CDATA[Member News July 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-July-2014/
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After an extensive nationwide search, Averett University has announced that Timothy E. Fulop has been appointed Averett's new vice president for academic affairs and student success, effective July 1. Read more… 

Telly D. Tucker of Williamsburg has been selected to fill the City of Danville’s vacant economic development director position. Tucker is currently the assistant economic development director in James City County. His first day on the job in Danville will be July 1. Read more… 

M. Scott Waller, a financial advisor with BB&T Scott & Stringfellow’s Danville and Alexandria offices, has been promoted to senior vice president. Read more… 

Karl Stauber and the Danville Regional Foundation have garnered statewide recognition for contributions to the redevelopment of the River District. Read more…

Luis A. Abreu, a well-known local litigator with over 30 years of experience, has one again been anmed to the Virginia Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Virginia for 2014. No more the 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

American National Bankshares Inc., the holding company of American National Bank and Trust Company, has been ranked as one of the most profitable 200 community banks in the nation by American Banker Magazine. Read more… 

Dr. Bhushan Pandya, founder and president of the Danville Gastroenterology Center, recently won the 2014 American Medical Association International Medical Graduate Section Governing Council election. Read more… 

Graduating from the Certified Event Rental Professional program, developed by the American Rental Association, is one of the party and event rental industry’s most esteemed accomplishments. For Carson Sneed, manager at Big Sky Rents & Events, achieving this distinguished certification has become a reality. Read more… 

Karen S. Cifers has been elected as an assistant vice president by the Carter Bank & Trust’s Board of Directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the Blairs office, located at 5406 U.S. 29 North. Read more… 

Patricia R. Lovelace has been elected an assistant vice president and managing officer by Carter Bank & Trust’s board of directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the U.S. 58 East office, located at 140 Kentuck Road. Read more… 

Jewell W. Hylton has been elected an assistant cashier and managing officer by the Carter Bank & Trust’s board of directors. She will continue in her role as managing officer of the South Main office, located at 903 S. Main St. in Danville. Read more… 

Kelly Finney Fitzgerald has been named market director for marketing and strategic planning for the South Central Virginia Market of LifePoint Hospitals. Read more… 

The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification & Community Revitalization Commission recently voted to establish a Center of Manufacturing Excellence at the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Read more… 

Dunham’s Sports will be the newest anchor tenant at Danville Mall, taking over 95,000 square feet in the mall where Boscov’s used to be located. Read more… 

Siemens announced a $33 million dollar in-kind software grant to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center. Read more…

The Danville School Board recently passed a resolution officially recognizing Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, First State Bank and URW Community Federal Credit Union. The three businesses were placed on the 2014 Virginia School Boards Association Business Honor Roll.  Read more… 

Danville has been awarded $20 million through the federal New Markets Tax Credit program — credits the city will use to attract business development projects that promise new jobs to the city. Read more…

Don Merricks, president and owner of J.W. Squire, Co., Inc., has been elected to the Danville Regional Medical Center board of trustees. Read more…

The Danville Regional Foundation has pledged almost $2.44 million to Danville Community College’s precision machining and welding technology programs. Read more…

Virginia Advanced Study Strategies recently announced that Paul Jesukiewicz and Julie Brown have been named to the board of directors.  Brown is currently the director of advanced learning for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more…

Danville Public Schools was recognized by the National School Public Relations Association as a 2014 Excellence Award winner for the school system’s e-newsletters. Read more… 

The Arc of Southside plans to move its Hatcher Center Outlet Store in Blairs to downtown Danville by the Christmas holidays. Tonya Fowler, executive director of The Arc of Southside, said the organization bought a building at 411 Main St. in April for $190,000 to open the store there. Read more… 

Hargrave Military Academy welcomes Steve Griffin, a 2013/2014 Albert Einstein Fellow and the academy’s science department chairman for the 2014-15 academic year. Read more… 

Kimberly A. Priest, CPA, has been named a partner with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP.  Priest is native of Halifax County and is currently a resident of Scottsburg, Virginia.  In 2002, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Accounting and Information Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.  She has been an associate with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP for the past six years and earned her accreditation as a Certified Public Accountant in 2005.

The Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) recently held a completion ceremony for the second cohort of students to complete the Advanced Manufacturing Boot Camp: Work Ready Foundations (WRF) program. Eight individuals successfully completed the seven-week work-readiness training program, earning 10 college credits and 8 industry recognized certifications.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Classic Another Big Success]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Classic-Another-Big-Success/
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The competition was tough, and the fun was abundant.  It was a great combination for the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s 24th Annual Chamber Classic golf tournament on Monday, June 2.  With ideal weather conditions, golfers enjoyed a fun networking event that also provided some close final scores.

More than 80 golfers participated in the golf tournament which is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.

Capturing first place gross was the Arkema, Inc./Sartomer team of Marilyn Hanover, Chris Petrangoli, Jerry Inman, and Steve Lindsay with a score of 53.

Second place gross winners were Jay Barker, Dale Powell, Scott Batson, and Bill Barker with a score of 56.  They were representing the team of JEB International Tobacco Co. and won on a match of cards.

The third place gross winner was the Haymore & Holland/R.J. Baldwin Insurance team of Greg Haymore, Bob Warren, Vern Cowan, and Chad Anderson.  They also shot a 56.

Fourth place gross winners were Floyd Merryman, Andrew Shimpock, Bobby Lovelace, and John Reynolds with a 57.  They were representing the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team and won on a match of cards.

Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Paul Miller, DDS/Four Seasons Pest Control team of Paul Miller, Kwang Kim, Ramsey Yeatts, and John Adkins.  They also shot a 57.       

Capturing first place in net score was the JTI Leaf Services, LLC team of Steve Daniel, Edward Smith, Joshua Folkerth, and Kelly Chappell.  They shot a 53 and captured first on a match of cards.

The Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co. team of Mark Foster, Vaden Wright, John Neal, and Stephen Gay finished second with a 53 on a match of cards.

Third place net winners were Harry Lea, Alastair Craik, Anna Craik, and Peter Moore who represented the US Agro Logistics, Inc. team.  They finished with a 54 and won third on a match of cards.

The team of Columbia Forest Products won fourth place net with a score of 54.  Team members were Charlie Vaden, Jeremy Gentry, Scott Wilson, and Kevin Ferrell.

Finishing in fifth place net was the Wells Fargo Advisors team of David Holshouser, Seward Anderson, Vince Kania, and Jim Bushong with a 55.  They captured 5th place on a match of cards.

Steven Lindsay won the closest to the pin contest, sponsored by Peace Haven Personal Care Services.

While Retail Merchants Association challenged golfers to a $10,000 prize for a hole-in-one on hole #10 and Ben David Jewelers donated a one carat diamond for a hole-in-one on hole #16, no lucky golfer was able to find the perfect shot to win either the cash or the diamond.

A drawing was also held for prizes that included a Taylor Made SLDR driver courtesy of First Citizens Bank, a Men’s Citizen Eco-Drive watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, a golf bag courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling, green fees for four at the Westlake Country Club and green fees for four at the Waterfront Country Club courtesy of The Willard Companies.

Solex Architecture sponsored a drawing for a gift basket from Vintages by the Dan and a gift card to Golden Leaf Bistro.  Averett University provided team photos with the Averett Cougars for every player.

“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee.  “Our golfers had a great time and commented that this was the one of the best tournaments they’ve ever competed in.”

“We appreciate the outstanding support from Chamber members and affiliated businesses for this year’s tournament. We also appreciate their year-round support of the Chamber as we strive to increase the profitability and success of our local business community,” stated Finney.

Lunch sponsors for this year’s tournament were First Piedmont Corporation and Virginia Bank & Trust.  Reception sponsors were Barkhouser Ford Lincoln, Centra, Danville Distributing Company, and Danville Regional Medical Center.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with approximately 700 members in the Danville/Pittsylvania County region.  The Chamber works to energize the region by creating exceptional business growth and profitability in a vibrant, customer-centered culture.

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<![CDATA[News About Chamber Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/News-About-Chamber-Members/
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Averett University's Women's Leadership Circle awarded the inaugural Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award during a special event at the Conway House. Averett President, Dr. Tiffany Franks, was the first recipient of the Fugate-Davis Women's Leadership Award. Read more… 

Each year Medical Facilities of America presents Presidential Awards to its centers that demonstrated stellar achievement throughout the prior year. This year we are pleased to announce Riverside Health & Rehabilitation as the Center of the Year. The Center achieved high operating results and outstanding customer service survey scores, all during a major renovation period, which helped earn the top honor. Riverside also won the Financial Award and was third in the company for Census Development.

LifePoint/Danville Regional Medical Center has earned the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Leadership in Philanthropy. LifePoint/Danville Regional Medical Center was nominated for the award by the Danville Community College Educational Foundation. Read more… 

The Launch Place recently announced a $250,000 investment in Raleigh, N.C.-based SEAL Innovation, Inc., to commercialize SEAL SwimSafe. Utilizing wearable swim bands and state-of-the-art detection technology, SEAL SwimSafe will help improve swim safety and reduce drowning and injury by alerting guardians of swimmer distress. Read more…

Recently the Women’s Center at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and the Birthing Center at Danville Regional Medical Center both earned prestigious award recognition from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) and the March of Dimes for improving the health of babies across the region by preventing early elective deliveries. Only 13 hospitals in Virginia received this recognition. Read more… 

Four line workers from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s (MEC) Chase City District participated in The 2014 Annual Terex Equipment Operator’s Rodeo and the Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo in early April. They quite capably and professionally represented MEC resulting in multiple awards, according to Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative’s President and CEO John Lee. Read more… 

West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board has upped the ante on advertising by participating in the Google for Nonprofits program. Read more…

Samantha Hearp of American National Bank recently was awarded the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation. Read more… 

Danville Community College precision machining technology student Benjamin Winstead of Danville recently won first place for precision machining at the Virginia SkillsUSA Leadership Conference and Skills Contest, held at John Tyler Community College in Chester. Read more… 

Debra Brown came out of retirement to become the Danville Register & Bee’s advertising sales manager. Read more…

Cynthia Shelton, a registered nurse, has been named market director for home health at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County and at Danville Regional Medical Center. Read more… 

Spring brings severe weather, and your local American Red Cross Chapter wants to prepare your children for this by learning, practicing and sharing emergency preparedness with the Pillowcase Project. Your children will learn what essentials to pack in a pillowcase for a disaster, practice what they learned in a simulated emergency, and then share their knowledge with family and friends of how being prepare can save your life. Visit your local Red Cross Chapter or online at www.redcross.org and www.volunteerconnection.com and search Pillowcase Project for more information.

The Public is invited to attend the Annual Peace Officer’s Memorial Service on Tuesday May 13, 2014, at 7:30 pm at the Chatham Baptist Church. This service will honor Fallen Officers from the Danville Police Dept., Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Danville Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. This year’s guest Speaker will be Secretary of Public Safety for Virginia, Brian Moran. After the service at the Church, we will walk over to the Police Memorial behind the Sheriff’s Office for a Candle Light Vigil if weather permits.

Governor Terry McAuliffe and the Board of Education announced that 212 schools and four school divisions earned 2014 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP incentive program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed minimum state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the governor and the board. Danville Public School’s - Galileo Magnet High and Pittsylvania County School’s - Tunstall High received the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

Dan Pleasant, Dewberry’s chief operating officer, has recently been appointed to the North Carolina State University Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) Industry Advisory Board that serves as an advisory group for the CCEE Department Head. 

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<![CDATA[New Members April 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-April-2014/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support: 

 

All Care Family Services

Marvin Taylor

2276 Franklin Turnpike, Suite 120

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 563-6551

Services

 

KG Graphics

Kristen M. Gusler

311 Court Street

Danville, VA 24541

(434) 334-6862

Advertising Specialties

 

Nick’s Towing & Recovery

Bettie Josey 

146 Carolyn Court

Danville, VA 24540

(434) 836-8129

Automotive

 

Jesse Tate

757 Halifax Road

Chatham, VA 24531

Individual

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<![CDATA[Chamber Members Renew Investment]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Chamber-Members-Renew-Investment/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between March 1, 2014 – April 25, 2014:

 

American Heart Association

Appalachian Power Company

Armstrong Land Surveying, Inc.

BMS Consulting, Inc.

Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance

Centra

Charles Anderson Lawn Care Service Inc.

Chatham Animal Clinic

ChathaMooCa LLC

Comfort Cooling & Heating

Comfort Inn & Suites

Computer Clinic Inc.

CRB Electric, Inc.

Custom Embroidery Inc.

D & S Agency, Inc.

Daly Seven, Inc.

Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.

Danville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities

Danville House

Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab - Central

Danville Register & Bee

DocuSystems Company, Inc.

Downtown Danville Association

Eden Jewelry

Friedrichs Family Eye Center

Fun-Time Amusements

God’s Pitt Crew

Hamilton Properties

Infinity Global Inc.

Institute for Advanced Learning & Research

Dr. Geoffrey Johnson DDS P.C.

Kitti's Kakes

Lorillard Tobacco Co.

Maddyzack Inc. Marketing Services

Mary's Diner

McDarmont Web Design, Inc.

Midtown Market, Inc.

Miller Funeral Home, Inc.

Paul W. Miller, D.D.S., P.L.C.

Nationwide Insurance - Brandon Scearce Insurance Agency, Inc.

Norris Funeral Services

OB-Gyn Associates of Danville, Inc.

Owens-Illinois

Pawn America

Piedmont Infusion Services, Inc.

Piedmont Maid Service

Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services

Powers Signs, Inc.

Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.

River City Accounting Services LLC

Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center

Roots & Shoots Landscaping

San Marcos Mexican Restaurant - Chatham

Security Alliance

SleepyGoat Cheese

Dr. Edward Snyder - Orthodontist

Southeast Energy, Inc. DBA Motor Oils

Spurrier Orthodontics

State Farm-Donelson Insurance

Stratford Healthcare Center

Supply Resources

Sur Language & Culture School, Inc.

Swicegood Funeral Home

Triangle Cycles North

Trophy & Sign Center

UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Servicee

Virginia Employment Commission

Williams Gas Pipeline

Willow Oaks Plantation

WKBY Radio

Linwood Wright

Coleman B. Yeatts

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<![CDATA[Young Entrepreneurs Receive $5,000 in Funding]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Young-Entrepreneurs-Receive-5000-in-Funding/
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Nine middle school and high school students from Danville and Pittsylvania County have received $5,000 in funding to take the next step towards launching and running their own businesses.  The students, who are enrolled in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, presented their business plans to a panel of local investors on Wednesday evening at Averett University.

Jamiah Pridgen, a junior at Galileo Magnet High School and the founder of Treasure Chest Cosplay, was named as the Saunders Scholar and will travel to Boca Raton, Florida, to compete in the YEA Saunders Scholar Regional Competition in May. From there, this student business will have the opportunity to compete against other student businesses from all across the southeast for a chance to compete in the YEA National Competition in Washington D.C. and a shot at a $30,000 scholarship and a spot on the hit show, “Shark Tank.”

Pridgen received $1,500 from the local investors for his business start-up.  In presenting his pitch to the investors, Pridgen told judges that he was inspired to provide attractive, custom made, high quality, character-based costumes for prices lower than large costume companies. By working closely with his customers to provide costumes to exact specifications, Pridgen believes his company will be the standard in cosplay costumes.

“The satisfaction of my customers is the one thing that is the most important to me when it comes to owning my own business,” Pridgen stated.  “If the customer is not satisfied, I am not satisfied.”

Zaria Davis, a 10th grader from Dan River High School, also received tremendous support from the local investors as they awarded her business, Whatcha Say?, with start-up funding of $1,180. While observing the trends of today’s clothing market, Davis realized that custom made hats have become very popular. She began designing her own personal line of hats that includes unique and varied headwear sporting maxims.

Davis also has a desire to reach out to those who are experiencing hardship.  She has decided to base her company on the ideals that heart and justice should be at the core of every business. For every 10 hats sold, Davis will donate one hat to a child with cancer.

Jessica Slayton, a senior at Gretna High School, received $900 in start-up funding for her company, Madame Noire. A passion for design and the Victorian era led Slayton to create her own line of custom and hand-made jewelry. Through experimentation, she believes that she has designed a line that will be highly desirable to consumers. Offered individually or in sets, Madame Noire will offer specialty accessories that can be used for all types of events ranging from business meetings, school trends, personal dates, or daily wear.

Sierra Carter, a sixth grader at Dan River Middle School, was awarded $700 to start her new business, Sugarland Sweets.  Carter believes that everyone should be able to enjoy delicious baked goods. Having personal experiences with people suffering from gluten intolerance, Carter felt the desire to produce healthy, yet delicious, gluten free and regular baked goods. By offering this specialty product, Carter hopes that Sugarland Sweets will become the local destination for all things delicious.

Investors awarded Agustin Vazquez with $200 in funding to start Stino’s Services, a seasonal lawn care service.  Vazquez, a sophomore at George Washington High School, has always believed that customer service comes first. While observing the practices of other lawn care professionals, Vasquez decided he wanted to offer a customized experience for consumers. Vasquez will provide customers with services that range all four seasons.

Jordan Pridgen, a 7th grade student at Bonner Middle School, received $200 from investors for his new business, Cup It Like It’s Hot. Cup It Like It’s Hot is an advertising and marketing business that utilizes advertising on cardboard and neoprene coffee sleeves.  Customers can place their ads on the coffee sleeves which will then be distributed through local restaurants and businesses.

Investors awarded Fatima Osborne of Fhat T’s with $120 in start-up funding.  Osborne, an 8th grader at Bonner Middle School believes that 90’s fashion is ready for a comeback and that her company will be positioned to provide premier 90’s themed t-shirts to consumers. Working off designs popularized by 90’s culture, she will design and produce t-shirts in-house to fit the desires of her customers.

Jordan Thompson, a sophomore at George Washington High School, received $100 for his new business venture, Jordan’s Jewelry.  Jordan’s Jewelry will provide an alternative for the consumer by producing and selling high quality yet affordable earrings. Thompson believes his business will fill a niche by providing affordable choices for jewelry in the Danville market. 

Aleah Morton also received $100 in start-up funding for her new business, JLS Sandwich Shop. A junior at George Washington High School, Morton started her business to offer a wide range of delicious and affordable sandwiches.  She likes to cook and enjoys coming up with creative foods for her friends to taste.

The local business professionals who served on the Investor Panel were Rick Barker, President & CEO of Supply Resources, Inc; Tony Reese, Market Leader for BB&T; Eva Doss, President & CEO of The Launch Place; and Michael Duncan, President of Donnachaidh Associates.  The judges praised the efforts and ideas of these emerging entrepreneurs.

 “Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit in teens and teaching young people about starting a business or social movement build skills that will serve them well their entire lives,” commented Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. “Introducing the students to business leaders and successful entrepreneurs in our community is invaluable! The Investors Panel has provided the students with the opportunity to take their business ideas from concept to reality.”

Sponsors of the Investor Panel were BB&T, Donnachaidh Associates, and Supply Resources.  Other YEA sponsors were Danville Regional Medical Center, First Piedmont Corp., Maddyzack Inc. Marketing Services, and Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda.  The premiere program year of YEA! has been supported by a grant from Danville Regional Foundation.

YEA! is open to students between the ages of 11 and 18 and leads them through the process of launching a real business or social movement over the course of an academic year. By the end of the class, students own and operate fully-formed and functioning businesses, which may be carried after their graduation from the program. YEA! teaches students at an early age how to make a job, not just take a job. YEA! was developed at the University of Rochester with support from The Kauffman Foundation.

The program requires a seven-month commitment from its young executives.  In that time they brainstorm and form their enterprises, make pitches to potential investors, obtain funding, register their companies with governmental agencies, and actually launch their own company or social movement. Business mentors, graphic designers, and local entrepreneurs support the students throughout the program and all of the learning is real and experiential.

“One of the most interesting components of the program is the actual behind the scenes knowledge the students are given from local business leaders, who were at one time, standing in their shoes,” exclaims Moran. “The experience is something they will be able to apply to whatever field they choose to enter, thereby giving them the necessary skills to become future leaders of industry.”

This year’s program will conclude in May.  Recruitment efforts for the 2014-15 school year will begin in early summer.

Students who are interested in learning more about the program can visit the Chamber’s website at www.dpchamber.org for additional information and an application.  Businesses that would like to become involved can also visit www.dpchamber.org for details.  For more information, please contact the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990.

 

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<![CDATA[New Members March 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-March-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Banister Bend Farm

Andrew Wall

PO Box 1069

Chatham, VA 24531

434-656-3887

 

The Estate & Elder Law Center of Southside Virginia

Mal Rorrer

641 Main Street

Danville, VA 24541

434-793-1554

Attorneys

 

Danville Gastroenterology Center PC

Dr. Mukesh Patel

501 Rison Street, Suite 130

Danville, VA 24541

434-791-1152

Physicians & Surgeons

 

Martinsville DuPont Credit Union

Lori Hairfield

PO Box 2158

Martinsville, VA 24113

800-475-6328

Banks, Financial Institutions and Credit Unions

 

Wellington Film Group / Von Wellington Photography

Von Wellington

308 Craghead Street 

Danville, VA 24541

434-770-3553

Photography/Studio

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<![CDATA[Member News March 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-March-2014/
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The Launch Place introduced CirrusWorks, Inc., the newest recipient of a $250,000 investment, at a recent press conference. The Arlington-based CirrusWorks will expand its operations into Danville. It initially will locate across the hall from the Launch Place’s Danville office. Read more… 

 

Four Seasons Pest Control has relocated to 3322 U.S. 29 in Danville. According to owner John Adkins, the company had outgrown its former location of 2409 Franklin Turnpike. Read more… 

 

Lawrence Distributing Co. marked 60 years of business with a company party for more than 90 people recently. Read more… 
 

Danville-headquartered American National Bank recently received the second annual 2013 Raymond James Community Bankers Cup award. The award recognizes the top 10 percentile of community banks nationwide. Read more…

Danville is going to have an exciting FREE event on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the Community Market in Danville VA. Although the event is free, registration is required as there will be an abundant amount of activities for all ages. Health Screenings will be provided as well as instructional demonstrations.  The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s STEM Mobile Lab will be onsite, The Danville Science Center will host 3 programs: Perfect Little Planet @ 11:00 a.m. for age 5-12; Cosmic Journey at 1:00 pm for ages 8 and up and Flight of the Butterflies at 3:00 pm. Everyone is welcome! Please post and share the attached flyers. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comprehensive-services-csa-day-2014-tickets-10998527893

 

Shannon Hair, executive director of the Danville Community College Educational Foundation, will receive statewide recognition at the Virginia Association of Fund Raising Executive’s Annual Awards Luncheon slated for April 8 in Richmond. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center is celebrated Certified Nurses Day (Wednesday, March 19) by honoring its board certified nurses. Read more…

Pittsylvania County Schools just received a $669,100 grant from the Danville Regional Foundation to support its new STEM Academy. Read more…

Averett University’s new viewbook and accompanying materials aimed at traditional undergraduates recently won a Gold medal and “Best of Show: Total Recruitment Program” at the 29th annual Educational Advertising Awards competition, sponsored by the Higher Education Marketing Report. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has given its website, www.ialr.org, a makeover as part of its rebranding. Read more…

The Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC) that oversees the safety accreditation program for cooperatives in a three- state area has recognized Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) for reaching the 500,000-hour mark with no lost-time accidents. Read more…

Linda Sokos, an infection preventionist at Danville Regional Medical Center, was recently selected to speak at the National Learning and Action Network's Healthcare Sustainability Summit. Read more…

Free public Wi-Fi has arrived. City Manager Joe King said the City of Danville decided to offer this amenity through its nDanville fiber optic cable network to attract visitors to the River District and spur economic development. Read more…

Averett University is hosting an Autism Awareness Expo for parents, families, caregivers and professionals who have or work with autistic children on Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Grant Center on our North Campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Autism Awareness Expo contact Hamlin at 434-791-7240 or email her at jhamlin@averett.edu.

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) recently won a contract to provide voice, data network and telecommunications infrastructure services to the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, Va., and the Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C., that could be worth up to $8.5 million over the next two years. 

Townes Funeral Home was selected to be on the cover of the third edition of Southern Calls, which is a magazine launched last fall for the funeral profession and is currently distributed in the southern part of the United States with plans to eventually to be distributed in all 50 states.  I feel honored that our funeral home was selected and was featured in a 10 page spread in the magazine.  The story line focused on a Legacy of Compassionate Service since 1892, as well as my career in funeral service which expands nearly 45 years.

You can help stop the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.  The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®— the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research, will be on September 27. Start or join a team today. Call or email Jane Massie (434) 845-8540 or jmassie@alz.org.

The Big Launch Challenge 2014 is the first annual venture between The Launch Place and First Flight Venture Center.  Two states, two innovative partners and ONE BIG LAUNCH CHALLENGE!! Read more…

 

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<![CDATA[Thank You to Our Renewing Members February 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Thank-You-to-Our-Renewing-Members-February-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between January 18, 2014 - February 28, 2014:

Abingdon Place of Danville
Luis A. Abreu, Attorney at Law
Adecco
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
Ambulatory Foot Care Center PC
American National Bank & Trust Company
American Showcase Modulars
Arlene's Closet LLC
Awards & Trophy Shop & Custom Framing
Belk
Blue Ridge Beverage
Bob Newnam Builders
Howard W. Bolton III, CPA, PC
Canteen Food and Vending Services
Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc.
Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Carter Bank & Trust
Chandler Concrete Company
Chatham Hall
ChathaMooCa
CIT
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Comcast Spotlight
Computer Clinic Inc.
Hayako O. Cook
Dan River Investigation LLC
DanChem Technologies, Inc.
Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.
Danville Area Humane Society, Inc.
Danville Cancer Association, Inc.
Danville Life Saving Crew
Danville Pathologists, Inc.
Danville Pittsylvania County Fair Association
Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity
Danville Public Schools
Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Danville Toyota, Inc.
Dominion VA Power
Donnachaidh Associates, LLC
Downtown Danville Association
Edward Jones
Farm Credit of the Virginias ACA-Chatham Branch
First Citizens Bank
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
Furniture Depot, Inc.
Gamewood Technology Group
Genesis Day Spa and Salon
Grand Springs
Holiday Travel Services of Danville, Inc.
Home Depot
Dale Hutchens
J & J Truck Sales, Inc.
Kokomo Salon
LE&D Professionals, PC
Leggett Town & Country
Lorillard Tobacco Company
MJRW, INC.
Outback Steakhouse
Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc.
Prime Media
R.J. Baldwin Agency Inc.
Red Lobster
Riverside BP
Rocky Womack Communications
RPJ Cleaning
San Marcos Mexican Restaurant
Security Zone, Inc.
See Enterprises, L.P., L.L.P.
SleepyGoat Cheese
Stratford House
Summertime Pool & Spa, Inc.
Team Nurse, Inc.
Telamon Corporation-Danville
Thompson Services Inc, dba ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning
TMI AutoTech, Inc.
University of Richmond - School of Professional & Continuing Studies
Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., P.C.
Walgreens #15291
WDBJ Television
West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
Westmoreland Schoolfield Senior Apartments
Wilkinson Consulting & CPA, PLC

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<![CDATA[New Members February 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-February-2014/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

BlueRally Marketing LLC
William Wiebking
PO Box 1151
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 334-7820
Advertising/Marketing

Brown Edwards & Company, LLP
Judy Duff, Marketing Coordinator
2215 Langhorne Road, Suite 102
Lynchburg, VA 24501
(434) 948-9000
Accountants and Tax Services

Children’s Healthcare Center
201 South Main Street, Suite 2100
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons 

Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center
125 Executive Drive, Suite D
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Danville Hematology and Oncology
125 Executive Drive, Suite J
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Healthcare for Women
159 Executive Drive, Suite E
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Internal Medicine Associates
101 Holbrook Street
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Old Dominion Insurance Services, Inc.
Gil Ragland
102 School Street
PO Box 446
Gretna, VA 24557
(434) 656-6501
Insurance
(Referred by Susan Myers of ServPro of Lynchburg)

Piedmont Surgery Clinic
159 Executive Drive, Suite A
Danville, VA 24541
Physicians & Surgeons

Seafood & More
Bobby James - Owner
724 South Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-2333
Restaurants and Caterers

Seafood & More Too
5912 US Highway 29N
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 836-4333
Restaurants and Caterers

Strategic Office Solutions LLC
Cynthia Ryan
160 Meadowbrook Circle
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 251-1762
Consulting

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<![CDATA[Member News 2-24-14]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-2-24-14/
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Recently at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, Jeffrey V. Haley, American National Bank & Trust Co., was appointed to their board of directors and Ben Davenport, Chairman, First Piedmont Corporation was appointed to co-chair their workforce & education committee.

Traci Petty has been appointed as the new Director of Community Impact and Operations for the United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County . Read more…

Michael L. Harrington has been named the new Chief Operating Officer at Danville Regional Medical Center. Read more…

Ronnie F. Moore has been named senior vice president and market president for American National Bank’s Eastern Region, which includes South Boston, Gretna and Chatham. Read more…

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted Averett University’s aeronautics program the ability to certify its graduates for the restricted flight hour Airline Transport Pilot rating. Read more…

T. Brent Gammon has joined the law firm of Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C. in an associate attorney position after more than six years of law practice in Daytona Beach, Fla. Read more…

The Danville Family YMCA is seeing significant progress toward the completion of the new $15.3 million facility. Read more…

Piedmont Access to Health Services
— PATHS — is expanding its Danville offices with a $2.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is one of 25 given nationwide, says PATHS CEO Kay Crane. Read more…

The West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board has announced the hiring of local residents Tyler Freeland and Philip Wenkstern. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is now accepting applications for two education funds. Applications are available from The Community Foundation’s website http://www.cfdrr.org/ or by calling (434) 793-0884. The deadline for all applications to be received is March 6. Read more…

The developers of the Pemberton Lofts will begin phase two of construction this month and will soon start on another residential River District project on Craghead Street. Read more…

A United States patent has been awarded to Paul Benenati, a research technician at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more…

First State Bank
announced that the Bank has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the US Treasury Department CDFI Fund. Read more…

Mid-Atlantic Broadband
celebrates 10 Years and offers new service in Halifax. Read more…

Prudential Waterfront Properties
is pleased to announce Lori Shultz-Moore, Associate Broker, has recently joined their sales team.

Southern States Cooperative
was recognized by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, with a bronze level certification as a part of the Virginia Values Veterans program. Read more…

On April 12 and 13 Averett University will host the 2014 Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) National Championships. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment January 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-January-2014/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between November 28, 2013 – January 17, 2014:

A. C. Furniture, Inc.
Aaron's
Abercrombie Oil Company, Inc.
All-Virginia Title & Escrow
Alliance Human Services, Inc
American Armoured Foundation, Inc.
American National University
AmeriStaff Employment & Staffing Solutions
APAC Atlantic Incorp.
Arkema Inc., Sartomer Business Unit
Atkinson Truck Sales
Audiology Hearing Aid Associates
Averett University
Bankers Insurance/Carter Bank & Trust
Barbee Fabrics of Danville, Inc.
Barkhouser Ford Lincoln
BB&T
Ben David Jewelers
Better Business Bureau-Western VA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.
Blair Construction, Inc.
Bojangles - Tri-Arc Foods, Inc.
Builder's Discount Center of Danville, Inc.
Cambridge Investment Research Inc.
Carpetland USA of Danville, Inc.
CCP Composites US
CenturyLink
Chatham Cares, Inc./The Community Center at Chatham
Chatham Family Medical Center
City of Danville-Utilities
Clear Pond Apartments
Clement & Wheatley
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Inc.
Elbridge G. Coles Insurance Agency
John W. Collins
Columbia Forest Products
Comfort Inn & Suites
Commonwealth Home Health Care, Inc.
Community Enterprises
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
Dan River Business Development Center
Michael and Iris Dance
Chris Daniel
Danville Area Council of Community Service
Danville Braves
Danville Communication Center, Inc.
Danville Community College
Danville Distributing Company, Inc.
Danville Golf Club
Danville Mall
Danville Orthopedic Clinic, Inc.
Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Science Center
Danville Super-8
Danville Tree Care
Davenport Energy, Inc.
Davis Storage & Warehouse, Inc.
Debbie's Staffing
Designed Benefits of Virginia, Inc.
Dewberry
Dominion Eye Center
DVF Foodservice, Inc.
R. Allan Easley Insurance Agency
Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc.
Edward Jones Investments
EIT, LLC
El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Inc.
Electronic Development Labs
Elkay Manufacturing Company
Entwistle Company
ERA-Holley & Gibson Realty Company, Inc.
FairPoint Communications
Family Eyecare Center
Fire Sprinkler, Ltd.
First Piedmont Corporation
First State Bank
Friedman Fixture Company, Inc.
Gateway Health
Glenn D. Giles
Gretna Drug Company, Inc.
GSO Aviation, Inc.
Hardy Petroleum
Hargrave Military Academy
Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, CPA's - Chatham
Charles R. Hawkins
Hilliard Insurance Solutions
Holiday Sports Tours
The Hughes Center
Hughes Memorial Foundation
Bobby G. Hutson
Intertape Polymer Group
Iron Guard Storage
J. T. - Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
James River Companies, LLC
JEB International Tobacco Company
E. Wayne Johnson
K&K Owen Farms, Inc.
Karen's Hallmark Shop
Lawrence Distributing Company
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company
Longwood SBDC - Danville
M & M Furniture Company
Malcolm J. Mallery, DDS
Marshall Construction Company
Martinizing Dry Cleaning
Mary Kay Cosmetics, Melissa Breaux
Master Gage & Tool Co.
McDonald's of Chatham
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
Modern Pharmacy, Inc.
Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia, Inc
Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Multi-Wall Packaging Corporation
C. Edward Neal
Nestle USA
Norfolk Southern Cooperation
Oakes Memorials & Signs, Inc.
Office Plus Business Centre
Patsy's Tours
Pepsi Beverages Company
Piedmont Broadcasting Corp., WBTM/WAKG
Piedmont Credit Union
Piedmont Glass
Piedmont Precision Machine Co., Inc.
Piedmont Regional Eye Center and Optical Shop
Piggly Wiggly of Danville, Inc.
PIP Printing
Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau
Pittsylvania County School System
Pittsylvania County Service Authority
Prince Charles Home Healthcare Agency
Prudential Manasco Realty
Ramsey Yeatts and Associates, Realtors
Regional One, Inc.
Retail Merchants Association
Rippe's Apparel, Furs, Shoes
Riverside Hardware
Riverside Lanes
Roman Eagle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Inc.
Ross Electric, Inc.
Sacred Heart School
Schewel Furniture Company
Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University
Scott & Stringfellow
Severn Trent Services
Simpson Realty Company
Smith Funeral Services, Inc.
Snead and Williams, P.L.L.C.
Southern Air, Inc.
Southern Piedmont Technology Council
Southern Refrigeration Corp.
Southside Virginia - SHRM
Star-Tribune/Womack Publishing
Steve Padgett's Danville Honda
SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
Sylvan Learning Center
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
Town of Gretna
Townes Funeral Home, Inc.
United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County
URW Community Federal Credit Union
VA Department of Rehabilitative Services
Verizon
Verizon Wireless
Virginia Bank & Trust
VIRginia International Raceway
Wendy's, Catie Food Systems, Inc.
Western Sizzlin Steak House of Danville, Inc.
Robert H. Whitt, Jr., Attorney at Law
Wilkins & Co. Realtors
Womack Electric & Supply Co.
Robert Woodall Chevrolet, Inc.
Woods Rogers PLC
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home
WSET, Incorporated
YMCA of Danville

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<![CDATA[New Members January 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-January-2014/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Edward Jones 
Jim Abercrombie
725 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-8800
Financial & Investment Companies

DAC 24/7 Fitness
Don Cox
441 Piney Forest Road, Suite M
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 791-2786
Fitness Centers/Trainers

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<![CDATA[Members News January 2014]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-News-January-2014/
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Do you know of an exceptional student looking for a paid summer internship doing meaningful community work while getting hands on experience in the field of philanthropy? Each summer, the Danville Regional Foundation hosts college students from all over the country to work on community projects that assist its mission to transform the Dan River Region. Read more…

Local attorneys Greg T. Haymore and Mark B. Holland have formed a partnership for the practice of law known as Haymore & Holland, P. C. Their law firm is located in the heart of the River District at 219 Patton St., which is at the corner of Patton and Craghead streets. Read more…

Margo Foust, Melody Albright, Mary Jac Sparks, Becky Yeatts, David Hudson, Anna Pickeral, Brian Wallace, Casey Pruitt, and Samantha Hearp, American National Bank and Trust Company employees, were promoted recently in the bank’s Danville Region. Read more…

Chef Margaret Moorefield of Bistro 1888 in South Boston has been honored as one of the country’s top culinary talents by Best Chefs America. Read more…

Former Delegate Don Merricks and President of J.W. Squire Company, has been appointed to the Tobacco Commission as a citizen commissioner after serving on the influential state commission since 2011. Read more…

Jeff Walker has been a loan officer for Farm Credit & Country Mortgages’ Chatham and Halifax offices since 2004, but now takes on the role as team leader for both offices. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County announced new appointments within the organization. Leslie Smith, DRMC director of community relations has been promoted to market director, communications and Missy Neff Gould has been appointed market director for community and government relations. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center and Danville Community College are collaborating to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Radiologic Technology. Read more…

Edward Jones Financial Advisors Charlie and Jim Abercrombie, who have been serving the Danville community for more than 34 years, have moved to a new office located at 725 West Main Street, Danville. Read more…

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors unanimously chose Banister Supervisor Jessie Barksdale as the board’s 2014 chairman during its annual reorganization meeting. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is accepting applications for 36 different scholarships. The application deadline is Feb. 26. Interested students may apply online at the foundation’s website at www.cfdrr.org. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced a total of $607,000 in new grants to 42 non-profit community agencies at a reception at the Pepsi Building. Read more…

Kare Pharmacy & Compounding announced that David Mantiply has joined its compounding division to educate physicians and patients regarding compounded medication options. Read more…

Moser Electric is now serving its customers as an authorized Generac dealer installer. Read more…

Virginia tourism officials have launched a new website to help Virginians share and find the best small town treasures and old school favorites. In celebration of the new Main Street in the City of Danville's River District, old photographs are highlighted on the website. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research announced it has $50,000 from the state Building Collaborative Communities Program and $4,500 from the Community Foundation of the Dan River. Read more…

The Halifax Educational Foundation announced recently that its renovation of the 1890’s era American Tobacco Warehouse, now known as the Innovation Center at the Southern Virginia Higher Educational Center, has been awarded LEED Gold certification established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center recently appointed Alice Stewart as its new controller. Read more…

Danville attorney Luis A. Abreu has been named again by Virginia Business Magazine as a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite. Read more…

Joan Yeatts, Danville Regional Medical Center director of environmental services, has been named 2013 Director of the Year. Read more…

Melany Stowe, Director of Communications and Community Outreach for Danville Public Schools, was recently named by Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as the organization’s secretary and member of the board of directors. Read more…

The Longwood Small Business Development Center, as a service to support existing small businesses, is offering free, confidential, and personalized financial analysis consulting. Each confidential analysis includes a benchmark of your performance against real-time private company industry information using Profit Cents software, developed by Sageworks. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, contact the SBDC at 434-395-2086 for an appointment.

Dale Moore of Altavista, President and CEO of Moore’s Electric and Mechanical Inc. was recently appointed to the Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

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<![CDATA[Member News 12-16-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-12-16-13/
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In the midst of reorganization and new alignment, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville announced its new leadership team. Read more…

Governor Bob McDonnell announced the appointment of H.F. Haymore, Jr. of Danville, Clerk of the Pittsylvania County Circuit Court, to the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission

“The local firm of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP is proud of the accomplishments of its partners and staff that were selected for the designation of Super CPAs,” according to a company news release. Read more…

Elizabeth Spainhour, chair of the Danville Community College Board, was honored recently with the 2013 Chairman’s Award for College Board Member Exemplary Service by the State Board for Community Colleges. Read more…

Diron C. Clements of Wilkins & Co. Realtors recently graduated from the Virginia Association of Realtors 2013 Virginia Leadership Academy. Read more…

The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Danville Area announced a $25,000 contribution from AT&T to support the College Bound program that engages at-risk students through high school graduation and also helps prepare them for college and career with internships, college campus tours and assistance with college entrance requirements. Read more

During this season of Thanksgiving, God’s Storehouse has unveiled its new logo designed and donated by Kimberly Demont, who owns Demont Design. Read more…  God’s Storehouse, a local food pantry serving Danville and Pittsylvania County, has been awarded a $52,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program. Read more…

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corp., a wholesale open-access network transport provider, announced Monday the company has joined the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, a global initiative to help governments address wireless data growth and close the digital divide by advocating for laws and regulations that increase dynamic access to unused wireless spectrum, also known as TV White Space. Read more…

Earline Mills, treasurer and board of directors’ member for Danville Cancer Association, received checks totaling $4,033 from Rippe’s customer donations and Rippe’s. Read more…

The spring term for American National University will begin on February 17, 2014. The application fee will be waived for Associates and Diploma Programs.  Please contact the Admissions representatives Jeff Moore, Charles Strange, and Larry Davis at 434-793-6822. Find out more…

American National Bank and Trust Company
is proud to support the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys for Tots Foundation. Bank employees generously donated toys that will be given to less fortunate children in the communities of Alamance County, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Danville/Pittsylvania County, Va.; South Boston/Halifax County, Va.; Lynchburg, Va. and Martinsville VA.

The Danville Bar Association has presented a $5,000 donation to the Spiros Skenderis Scholarship with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. Read more…
 

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<![CDATA[Renewing Members 11-27-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Renewing-Members-11-27-13/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 11, 2013 – November 26, 2013:

Ashley Furniture Home Store
Barber Automotive & Truck Center, Inc.
BigSky Rents and Events
Blue Ridge Fiberboard
CED/All Phase Electric Supply Company
Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs
Commonwealth Pharmacy
Compton & Nichols Inc, C&N Storage
Crosscountry Mortgage
Daniel Builders LLC
Danville Regional Foundation
Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen
Dell’Anno’s Pizzeria
Demont Design
Don's Auto Recycling
Patricia Duprey, MD
Elliott Electric of Danville
Emeritus of Danville
Excelen Performance, Inc.
Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Pearson, P.C.
Global Food Connection, Inc.
Gretna Little Theatre, Inc.
Cesar Guanzon
John Holt & Co. Chimney Service Inc.
The Launch Place
Lawson-Overbey Inn
Liberty Homecare & Hospice+
Lynn Street Lofts
MedExpress Urgent Care
Melissa Breaux, Independent Miche Representative
Noblis
Orkin Pest Control
Paradise Lake & Campground
Piedmont Access to Health Services
Piedmont Shopper / ClassCandy
Sam's Club
Southern Hills Golf Course and Swim Club
Stratford Healthcare Center
Thunder Road Harley-Davidson
Todd Breaux State Farm and Financial Services
Unarco Industries
Unilin - Columbia Flooring
Wayne Wilson & Company
WWDN 104.5FM 1045TheDan.com and 1580AM/ WMPW Country Legends 103.7
Your Stuff & Kids Stuff

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<![CDATA[New Members December 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-December-2013/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

G
olden Corral
Jesse Aguilar
195 Holt Garrison Parkway
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 797-2480
Restaurants and Caterers

Network Supply          
Preston Blackwell
321 Lynn Street, Suite B
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 793-5131
Electronic Supplies & Company

Pro-LocX Mobile Locksmith & Security Systems
Mark Winebrenner
377 Norwood Drive
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 203-0727
Security - Products, Systems, Burglar Alarms & Companies

Solex Architecture
Jeffrey L. Bond
527 Bridge Street, Suite 200
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-5491
Architects

Vaughan & Associates LLC
Don Nodtvedt
136 Meadowbrook Circle
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 685-4063
Management and Business Consulting

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<![CDATA[Member News 11-18-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-11-18-13/
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The accounting firms Harris, Harvey, Neal and Company, LLP and Foster and Dorr, P.C., have been serving Southside Virginia for a combined 93 years. The two businesses recently merged, allowing them to bring all of their strengths to one organization. Read more…

Eric Deaton, market president for LifePoint Hospitals South Central Virginia Market —which includes Danville Regional and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County — has been appointed to the board of directors for the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association. Read more…

Danville Community College President Bruce Scism has been appointed to the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Trustees. Read more…
 

American National Bank and Trust Co. announced the appointment of Michelle Gaydica as senior vice president-retail banking. Read more…

Freshly painted bright red doors now welcome diners to 316 Main St. — the just-opened home of Dell’Anno’s Pizza Kitchen at the former site of 316 Cibo. Read more…

Dr. David Kotlaba has been designated a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography, Danville Regional Medical Center announced. Dr. Kotlaba has served on DRMC’s medical staff for nearly 25 years and is in private practice at Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc., along with Drs. Gary Miller and Brian Zagol. Read more…

URW Credit Union opened its most recent local branch in Danville at Galileo Magnet High School. Read more…

The global Red Cross network is responding to emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies, and the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment to this massive effort. Read more…

Rebecca “Becca” Segal, assistant administrator at Danville Regional Medical Center, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in Somerset, Ken., — another hospital in the LifePoint family. Read more…

Ron Willard, President of The Willard Companies, was inducted into the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 during a ceremony hosted at Roanoke Country Club. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center has announced that Dr. Frank Campbell, chairman of the board of trustees, was recently awarded the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association’s 2013 Excellence in Governance Award, which honors member hospital or health system governing bodies who have a history of making significant contributions to the health care field, on both a state and local level, through commitment to service and leadership. Read more…

Davenport & Company’s Danville office has moved from its location on Franklin Turnpike to a spot in Coleman Marketplace at 165 Holt Garrison Parkway, Suite 570B. Read more…

Prudential Waterfront Properties announced Adam Lynch, REALTOR®, has completed the Virginia Realtors® Leadership Academy. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region featured stories of impact by donors and grant recipients at its Appreciation Luncheon held at the Danville Golf Club. Read more…  

 Averett University has been ranked as one of Military Times’ 2014 “Best for Vets: Colleges.”  Read more…

Stratford House, a retirement community in Danville, recently announced the appointment of Barbara Croyle as the organization’s new executive director. Read more…

Registration for spring semester 2014 is underway now at Danville Community College. Spring classes begin January 13. To assist students with admissions, financial aid and registration, DCC is hosting an Open House/No Appointments Needed Day on Friday, December 6. During this time, prospective students can also take the Virginia Placement Test and discuss programs of study with academic counselors and financial aid. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Member News 10-28-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-10-28-13/
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Linda Lawrence Dalton, co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Co., was has been elected to serve as Virginia’s representative on the board of directors for the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Read more…

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area named Faith Stamps as the new executive director and chief professional officer on Oct. 21. Read more…

Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, and Foster & Dorr PC, Certified Public Accountants, are pleased to announce the merger of their accounting firms and the continuation of their practices as Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, effective November 1, 2013.

Promote your business while giving your employees the opportunity to be active! The City of Danville’s Parks and Recreation is offering a discount for groups of 10 or more in the upcoming Dirty Dan Dash mud run. The run, set for Nov. 2, is a fun race through downtown Danville, Dan Daniel Memorial Park, the Riverwalk Trail and a gaggle of challenging and somewhat dirty obstacles. The registration fee is $65 but groups of 10 or more can save $10 a person by signing up in teams. The deadline to register is Oct. 31. Call Jason Bookheimer at 799-5200 for more information or to secure the group rate.

Jeff Liverman, the executive director of the Danville Science Center, will be retiring toward the end of this year after 10 years of service. Read more… 

Darren Conner, president of Dewberry’s southeast region, has been appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to the State Board for Community Colleges. Read more…

Davenport & Company’s Danville office will be moving to a new location in the Coleman Marketplace effective November 11. Davenport has been in business since 1863, that’s 150 years of service!

The Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission has awarded the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center two grants to strengthen Southern Virginia’s workforce. A grant in the amount of $163,750 will fund an Advanced Manufacturing Bootcamp initiative, and a second grant in the amount of $20,886 will fund the initial cohort of participants in the SVHEC’s new welding lab.  Read more…  Also, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center has been awarded a Rural Health Network Development Planning grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. Read more…


Peggy Simpson, administrative director of Danville Regional Medical Center Laboratory Services, has received the 2013 American Society for Clinical Pathology CM Member Excellence in Education Award. Read more…

The Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, a wholesale open-access network transport provider, announced the completion of the $20 million capital project to connect more than 120 K-12 schools in southern Virginia. Read more…

Hundreds of people waited for the re-opening ceremony at the Danville Mall’s Belk store listening to music provided by the Danville Youth String Quarter and anxious to find out if they would be one of the first 300 shoppers to receive a free gift card. Read more…

Larry Layman, a member of the Board of Directors for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, was recognized at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Region 1 and 4 meeting in Norfolk recently for his commitment to education and his completion of the Credentialed Cooperative Director program. Read more…   Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, like many businesses nationwide, is experiencing the retirement of a significant number of longtime employees from the Baby Boomer generation. Read more…

Danville Community College garnered six awards, including two each of first, second and third place awards at the 2013 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District II Medallion Awards competition held recently at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Read more…

CenturyLink is connecting teachers with technology for the classroom. The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program today opened the application process for teachers in CenturyLink’s local service areas who want to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms to increase student achievement. Read more…

The Regional Industrial Facility Authority and the Industrial Development Authority of Danville announce that Zeyuan Flooring International Corp. is locating its first United States manufacturing facility in Cane Creek Centre. The company will invest $15 million and employ 100 people over a three-year period. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment 10-14-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Renew-Investment-10-14-13/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between September 9, 2013 - October 10, 2013:

4-Lads LLC dba McDonald's of Gretna
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
American Forest Management, Inc.
American Red Cross,  Piedmont Virginia Chapter - Danville Office
Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
Bojangles – Mountain Food Service
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
Bra Lady Boutique
Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center
Comfort Inn & Suites
Danville Surgical Center, Inc.
Davenport & Company
Ecomnets
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
G & W Associates
Giles Flowerland and Caterers
Gretna TheatreHarman Eye Center of Danville
Delegate Danny Marshall's Office
Bill McMann
Home Oxygen & Medical Equip Co.
Home Recovery HomeAid
The Launch Place
Liberty University Athletics
Motley Florist
NAP Coleman Marketplace LLC
Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation
Prescott Financial Management
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
ServPro of Lynchburg
Sleep Inn & Suites
State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent
Tune & Toler, Inc.
Unique Industries
Williamsburg Village Apartments

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<![CDATA[New Members 10-14-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Members-10-14-13/
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We proudly welcome the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please support these businesses that are investing in the future of our region:

Steve Farrar    
259 Westhaven Drive
Danville, VA 24541     
(434) 489-8769
Individual

Hill Chiropractic Clinic
Isaac Hill
413 Mt. Cross Road, Suite 203
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 797-4455
Chiropractors

Holbrook Enterprises
Richard Holbrook
6220 Spring Garden Road
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 836-5600
Construction - Homebuilders, General Contractors, Developers

Sur Language & Culture School, Inc.
Silvana Miller
1062 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 429-6667
Schools, Colleges, & Education

WKBY Radio
Larry Campbell
12932 US Highway 29
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 432-1080
Radio Stations

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<![CDATA[Member News 9-23-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-9-23-13/
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Gov. Bob McDonnell recently announced that North American Mold Technology will invest $4.35 million to establish a manufacturing operation in the City of Danville. Read more…

Woods Rogers PLC
is hosting its 32nd Annual Labor & Employment Seminar, “Taming the HR Monster” on October 8 from 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. To see the full agenda and to register, visit www.woodsrogers.com/hrmonster or call (540) 983-7579. Read more…

Sam’s Club
will be having their Business Blitz the week of September 23rd through September 27th. Sign up for a New Business Membership and get a $10.00 Gift Card. Sign up for a Plus Membership and get a $20.00 Gift Card! When you sign up for a New Business Membership or Plus membership and sign up a fully paid Add-On, the add-on member gets a Gift Card too! This is a great deal and will only be going on for the week stated above. A representative from Sam’s Club will be at The United Way Conference Center on Craighead Street on Monday September 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to take care of your Business Needs.

The J.T.- Minnie Maude Charitable Trust reminds charitable organizations of the Trust’s next deadline date of October 1 for the submission of grant requests. The Trust awards grants to 501(c)3 charitable organizations that provide benefits to the residents of the city of Danville and Pittsylvania County.  Grant guidelines and requirements are posted at http://jtmm.org/ or contact the trust office at 434-797-3330 for more information.

The Pittsylvania County School System was awarded a $100,000 grant as part of a statewide initiative to upgrade security systems in schools. Read more…

Dominion Primary Care-CENTRA Medical Group of Danville, was recently presented with a Distinguished Community Employer award. Dominion has offered the Danville Campus of National College support over the years and currently employs four National College graduates. Read more…

The URW Community Federal Credit Union recently captured the 2013 Credit Union of the Year award at a ceremony in Boston. Read more…

Chris Adcock, a civil engineer who previously worked for Reynolds-Clark Development in Gretna, is the new director of the Pittsylvania County Service Authority. Read more…

The SVHEC Board of Trustees welcomed three new board members and elected two new officers at its quarterly meeting Wednesday. New members included Dr. Bruce Scism, Loretta Harris and David Willette. Read more… 

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is offering a day-long seminar to update participants in estate and charitable gift planning based on new regulations in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The seminar — co-sponsored by the Danville Bar Association and the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs — will be held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training, 121 Slayton Ave., on September 25. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
has partnered with Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County to form a regional health care delivery system. Read more…

Joseph Zappacosta has been named director of the Danville Public Library. He is expected to start October 1, according to a news release from Danville Parks and Recreation. Read more…

CenturyLink
, Inc. is spreading the word about low-income assistance programs that help qualifying consumers obtain reduced-price voice and high-speed Internet services. Read more…

The Virginia Department of Health has officially approved proposals from both Centra Health and Danville Regional Medical Center for the placement of CT scanners in their new imaging centers, to be located in Gretna and Chatham, respectively. Read more…

Get Fit Dan River Region
has — for the second year in a row — helped capture a national crown for a fitness video contest aimed at showing folks exercising doesn't have to be boring or only based in a gym. Read more…           View video

The board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area announced Patricia (Pat) M. Daniel as the agency’s new executive director. Daniel has served as the agency’s program director for five years. Read more…

The Free Clinic
is holding its 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday September 30th at the Danville Golf Club.  Shot gun start at 1 p.m.  We do have ladies and men’s flights this year with prizes for both.  Call 434-799-1223 for more information.

It’s That Time of Year Again. The 8th Annual Law Enforcement Soft Ball Tournament. Saturday, October 19th at Dan Daniel Park at the Goodyear Field. Starting at 10 am. The Danville Police Dept., Danville Sheriff’s Office and the PCSO will go after the all Mighty Cup. But the real winners will be those attending and the Charities. This year the attendees will have a chance to win a nice gift from Ben David Jewelers. They will have to DIG for it. Also other door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Commonwealth Document Management will have their Shred Truck on hand from 10 am – noon to shred old document and papers for free if you want to get rid of them. Concessions will be available as well. A 50 /50 drawing will also be held. We encourage those attending to bring a new or unwrapped toy or canned goods to donate to the Secret Santa to benefit Pittsylvania County Social Services Christmas Event. Admission / Raffle Tickets are only $ 2.00 and can be purchased at Chatmoss Cablevision, Danville Police Dept., Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and at the gate the day of the game. Proceeds benefit the Danville Boys and Girls Club and the DARE program in Pittsylvania County Schools. For more information call Gracie at 434-250-7435.

SDB is a highly regarded national publication that features companies in the document destruction, document storage and recycling businesses.  Commonwealth Document Management was truly honored to not only be feature story but also have a cover photo! It’s the second time we’ve been featured in a national publication in our 2+ years since we started our business in 2011.  We were also featured in the Shredding Industry Report’s Spring 2012 edition. Read more…

VIRginia International Raceway
will host the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday, Oct. 5. The race, dubbed the Oak Tree Grand Prix, is the culmination of four days of racing activities all hosted at VIR. The American Le Mans Series is one of the world’s premier sports car racing series featuring some of the most technologically advanced racing cars in the world. Read more…

Averett University
is pleased to announce that for the fourth consecutive year it has been named a "military friendly" school by Victory Media. This honor ranks the University in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are working to help America's military and veterans as students. Read more…   Averett University has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Mike Markovits, an internationally renowned global leadership expert, for an intensive week-long visit. Markovits will conduct classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge in the areas of business and leadership. Read more…

Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation’s 24 million veterans. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. Consider donating your un-used Holiday cards to the Red Cross to use in our upcoming Card Signing events. Questions please call: 276-632-5127

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities (MBC)
announced today that Sarah Johnson has been selected as MBC's west coast Economic Development Director, based in Santa Clara. Read more… 

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment 9-9-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-Renew-Investment-9-9-13/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between August 3, 2013 – September 6, 2013:

Alan Dalton Photography
Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter
Amthor International, Inc.
Arlene's Closet LLC
B & W Floral Designs Inc.
Badcock & More Home Furniture
Bassett Office Supply
Benton-Thomas Office Products
Blackwell Automotive, Inc.
Blankenship & Davis Opticians
Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Clerk of Circuit Court Danville, Virginia
Community Improvement Council, Inc.
Computer Clinic Inc.
Dr. Nancy Coppic Clark
Courtyard by Marriott
Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Danview Restaurant, Inc.
Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities
City of Danville
Danville House
Danville Insulating & Window Company, Inc.
Danville Paint & Supply Co.
Danville Women's Care, P.C.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
GENEDGE ALLIANCE - Headquarters
Get Fit Dan River Region
Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc.
HD Web Studio
Donna F. Helton, DDS, PC
Integrated Technology Group, Inc.
JTI Leaf Services, LLC
Liberty Tax Service
Maurakis Appraisal Services, Inc.
Mount Hermon Animal Clinic
Pittsylvania County Agricultural Development Board
SleepyGoat Cheese
Sodexo Campus Services
Southside Electric Coop.
Swedwood Danville LLC
Trane
Virginia Museum of Natural History
Wells Fargo
Westover Christian Academy
Rocky Womack Communications

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<![CDATA[New Members September 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-September-2013/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:


Annie's House Adult Day Care Center / Shelia Isom Ministries, Inc.  
Shelia Isom
147 Deer Run Road
Danville, VA  24540
434-791-2240
Health Maintenance Organizations

Beacon Credit Union                                                                                       
Scott Hudson
3320 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
P.O. Box 4319
Lynchburg, VA 24502
800-888-6655
Banks, Financial Institutions and Credit Unions

Complexions Dermatology – Dr. Keith Robinson
Beth Craddock
4545 Riverside Drive, Suite D
Danville, VA 24541
434-792-0423
Physicians & Surgeons

Core Physical Therapy
Cheryl Hancock
748 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-0808
Physicians & Surgeons

Danville Historical Society      
Sarah Latham
840 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-799-2323
Organizations

Moser Electric LLC                                                                                          
Keith Moser
310 Oak Park Drive
Moneta, VA 24121
757-641-0178
Electricians

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<![CDATA[Chamber Awards Over $114,000 in Teacher Creativity Grants]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Awards-Over-114000-in-Teacher-Creativity-Grants/
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Recognizing that education is a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce awarded over $114,000 in teacher creativity grants today to Pre-K through 12th grade educators in Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County (NC).

“The Chamber is pleased to recognize our creative educators who participated in this year’s grant program,” commended Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE.  “We have exceptional educators in this region and are excited to provide the resources to encourage innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills."

Teachers representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, or division wide team submitted grant applications.  There were no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards.  Teachers and administrators were encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee for review.

The Chamber received 53 applications this year, totaling more than $478,000.

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Chamber board member Ed Steffey, who was Goodyear’s plant manager at that time, shared his concerns about the lack of funding for classroom projects in the area.  Steffey saw many wonderful things happening in the region’s schools, but he also recognized that that there had to be a different way to provide resources that weren’t available through the traditional funding streams.  Through Steffey’s leadership, the Chamber partnered with Goodyear and other businesses to sponsor an annual golf tournament with all proceeds designated for education.

For the past three years, the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has provided substantial additional funds making it possible to distribute a higher quantity of grants and also fund larger projects.  “We want to encourage teachers to think out of the box and bring creative education programs into their classrooms,” said Karl Stauber, DRF President and CEO. “We believe that these investments in education will promote creativity, reward more teachers, and help strengthen the Dan River Region’s economic position.”  

The Chamber and Goodyear have maintained the annual golf tournament with this year’s Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament scheduled for September 27th at the Goodyear Golf Course. In recent years, the plant has also hosted the Goodyear Education 5K race with proceeds earmarked for education.

“By hosting two fundraising events, Goodyear continues to help support the financial needs within our educational system that are not being met through traditional funding methods,” says Goodyear-Danville Plant Manager Tim Noe.

The Chamber, Goodyear, and Danville Regional Foundation congratulate the following recipients of the grant program:

“Team Talon’s FIRST Robotics Summer Camp"
Daniel Waters and John Henderson
George Washington High School
$4,500

“iPads for Advanced Learning”
Debbie Rojas and Ashley Lackey
Forest Hills Elementary School
$13,000

“Smart Table 442i Collaboration Center”
Paula Faison, Beth Putnam, Sonja Scott, Elizabeth Bailess
Gretna Elementary School
$9578

“Transforming Literacy Through Technology”
Carlene Bailey
Brosville Elementary School
$13,000

“’App’-etite for iPads”
Mindy Takacs and Tamela Warren
Union Hall Elementary School
$13,000

“Virtual iPad Cart”
Melissa Cassell, Christopher Gee, Kelly Merricks, Jessica Dalton, Elizabeth Kirby
Dan River High High School
$13,000

“Necessity is the Mother of Invention”
Kathy Grantier
Bonner Middle School
$4,338

“Preparing Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s World with Technology”
Kathy Boucher
North Elementary School
$13,000

“Adding a Personal Touch to Learning”
David Hammack and Shannon Louhoff
Stony Mill Elementary School
$13,000

“Integration of Tablets into the Science Classroom”
Jason Gibson and Lisa Fain
Galileo High School
$13,000

“FIRST Robotics Team #1095 (RoboCavs)”
Stephanie O’Bien, Tom Wade, J.L. Clayton
Chatham High School
$2,500

“GW Team Talon FIRST Robotics Team”
Dan Waters
George Washington High School
$2,500

The Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to thank The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the Danville Regional Foundation, and everyone involved with the teacher creativity grant process for making the 2013 -2014 grant projects possible.

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<![CDATA[Member News 8-26-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-8-26-13/
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The Princeton Review announced that Averett University has been ranked one of the Best in the Southeast in its 2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region. Averett is one of 138 institutions in the Southeast to receive this ranking. Read more…  More accolades have come Averett's way from three other third party reviewers. Collegesofdistinction.com has named the University a 2013-2014 College of Distinction. Stateuniversity.com has ranked Averett third in Virginia for campus safety. In addition, Averett has been ranked a top college in Virginia for return on investment by affordablecollegesonline.org. Read more…

BB&T has promoted Greg Anderson to senior vice president and market president for the Danville area. Read more…

Danville attorney Anthony Monioudis of Woods Rogers PLC has been named to Best Lawyers in America magazine’s list for 2014. Read more…  Also, Danville attorney Sandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap of Woods Rogers PLC has been named one of Virginia’s “Leaders in the Law.” Read more…

Gov. Bob McDonnell appointed two local leaders to key state education posts. Dr. Carlyle Ramsey of Alton, president emeritus of Danville Community College, was named to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Darren Conner of Callands, president of Southeast for Dewberry, was named to the State Board of Community Colleges.

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research are forming a partnership to market Southside. Read more…

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation
is opening a California office, hoping to woo West Coast business to Southside Virginia. The new office is in Santa Clara’s Techmart Center. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is offering a day-long seminar to update participants in estate and charitable gift planning based on new regulations in the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. The seminar — co-sponsored by the Danville Bar Association and the Piedmont Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs — will be held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training, 121 Slayton Ave., on Sept. 25. Read more…

Workers have razed the building that housed Family Healthcare Center of Gretna on North Main Street, where Danville Regional Medical Center — which had leased the structure since 1991 — plans to replace it with a new facility. Read more…

Genedge Alliance
, in cooperation with the Virginia Tobacco Commission, was recently awarded a matching grant totaling more than $120,000 to fund an innovation commercialization project to accelerate high technology economic growth and support job increases in the region. Read more…

Shannon Hair has been named Outstanding Private Fundraising Professional for 2013 by the Council for Resource Development. Hair is the director of development at Danville Community College. Read more…

Virginia International Raceway
and VIR Kart Track announced the arrival of a new fleet.  “These Stratos karts promise to make everything more exciting,” a news release stated. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Co.
has made appointments for the Virginia Advisory Board. The board is comprised of 21 outstanding community leaders from across the bank’s four Virginia regions, including Danville-Pittsylvania County, Lynchburg, Martinsville and South Boston, according to a company news release. Read more…

Workers approved a four-year labor contract with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that affects about 8,000 employees at six U.S. plants including the one in Danville and protects against closures at those facilities. Read more…

The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area recently announced the kick-off of its $2 million Community Endowment Fund Campaign, which the organization says is critical in establishing a long-term funding strategy for the Club and the 900 children it currently serves. Read more…

Don’t park it. Donate it. You can make a difference down the street, across the country and around the world through the American Red Cross Vehicle Donation Program. Read more…

Gov. Bob McDonnell visited Danville and Pittsylvania County as part of his “Commonwealth of Opportunity” tour. His first stop was at Danville Community College’s precision machining program. DCC has received $3.7 million from the state to build a new facility. Read more…

Area donors have established four new endowed scholarships recently with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region: The Diane Marie Gross Scholarship, The William E. Barr Scholarship, The Rotary Club of Yanceyville Scholarship Fund, and The Hokie Bird Scholarship. Read more…

The Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation is hosting their annual fundraising event. The Olde Dominion Farm Fresh Festival will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013, from 5:00-10:00 P.M. at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex. Read more…

The Willard Companies
, in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, will present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race event on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race will start at 10:30 a.m. and the Oktoberfest from 12 noon to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event under tent. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Member News August 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-August-2013/
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Sartomer USA has appointed Marilyn Hanover plant manager at the company’s Chatham manufacturing facility. Read more…

Dr. Christopher A. Payne and Dr. Tamara S. Webster of Danville Dental Associates earned awards at the Academy of General Dentistry’s 2013 annual meeting. Payne received the Mastership Award, the academy’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. Webster received the academy’s Fellowship Award, which is presented to dentists who seek to provide the highest quality of dental care by remaining current in their professions.

Biscuitville Announces sponsorship of NASCAR Race - Southern breakfast favorite to sponsor inaugural K&N Pro Series East Race – the Biscuitville 125 – at the VIRginia International Raceway. Read more…

The Downtown Danville Association welcomes three new officers and five new members to its board of Directors, as a result of elections held at the recent annual meeting. Read more…  

Kate Berger, Branch Manager for the Brosville Cascade branch of the Pittsylvania County Library, recently announced her candidacy for the office of Pittsylvania County Treasurer. Read more…

Pittsylvania County
Commonwealth’s Attorney David N. Grimes recently announced that he will be retiring Dec. 31 from what he calls the “best job a lawyer can have.” Read more…

Dr. Monique L. Hall, clinical staff audiologist with Audiology Hearing Aid Associates of Danville and Lynchburg has received the 2013 Award for Continuing Education presented by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Read more…

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of several new physicians to its medical staff. Read more…

The Trophy and Sign Center recently moved to a more spacious location on Sandy Court which includes a large show room, work area and big bays used to wrap vehicles. Read more…

LifePoint Hospitals — parent company of Danville Regional Medical Center — recently announced the creation of a National Physician Advisory Board to provide strategic guidance to the company. Read more…

Carlisle School
in Martinsville officially welcomed Tommy Hudgins as the school’s seventh headmaster July 1. Read more…

The latest report for the City of Danville’s key economic indicators for fiscal year 2013, points to continued progress. Read more…

Officials of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center unveiled the institution’s new logo and tag line during the SVHEC NASCAR Late Model 150 racing program. Read more…

Averett University
announced that Stacy Gato has been appointed as its new vice president of enrollment management, effective Aug. 15. Read more…

Amidst the messiness that first comes to mind when thinking about downtown Danville’s River District renovations are some bright spots of order, including one that recently opened: Golden Leaf Bistro at 215 Craghead St. Read more…

John Hyler and his wife, Michelle, owners of Eden Jewelry, will be opening a store in the Tri-Rivers Plaza in South Boston. Read more…

First State Bank
announced that it has commenced a $1.5 million public offering of 7.5 percent non-cumulative convertible preferred stock (preferred stock). Read more…

John Wilt, associate professor of administration of justice at Danville Community College, has been re-certified as a Certified Protection Professional with the American Society for Industrial Security International. Read more…

American National Bankshares Inc., parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company, announced the second quarter earnings for 2013 and their third quarter cash dividend. Read more…

The Town of Gretna will receive $325,000 from the Virginia Department of Transportation for the third phase of its streetscape project. Read more… 

Danville Regional Medical Center
is partnering with Averett University and Danville Community College to expand the region’s nursing programs. Read more…

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Richmond District Office honored the Longwood University Small Business Development Center at Danville with the Small Business Development Center Excellence Award in recognition of its contributions to the local small business community and regional economy. Read more…

President and CEO of the Launch Place, Eva Doss, will talk about the multitude of services offered at the Launch Place on August 13, 2013 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research from 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm. Read more…

Averett University
’s Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) program is offering an incredible study abroad opportunity to GPS Business students, Averett alumni, and friends of the University. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit an established Asian Tiger in Thailand as well as emerging economies in Cambodia and Vietnam. Read more…

Ben David Jewelers
introduces its newest collection - Alex and Ani. Read more…

Four staff members at The Arc of Southside have become federally-certified employment specialists. The change is part of the organization’s strategic plan to move from institution-based programs to a community-based model for enabling those with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and work in their communities. Read more…

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<![CDATA[New Members August 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-August-2013/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Golden Leaf Bistro
Taylor Avis
215 Craghead Street
Danville, VA 24541
434791-3191
Restaurants & Caterers

PathStone       
Elizabeth Robertson
120 West Danville Street
South Hill, VA 23970
434-548-0180
Organizations

Claudette S. Robertson, P.C.
223 Riverside Drive, Suite B
Danville, VA 24541
434-792-1806
Attorneys

JH Cellular (Verizon)
William Eckert, Manager
Piedmont Mall
325 Piedmont Drive, Unit#300
Danville, VA 24540
434-250-9319
Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone

 

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment August 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-Renew-Investment-August-2013/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between July 4, 2013 – August 2, 2013:

Abercrombie Physical Therapy, P.C.
Adams, Elmore and Fisk, PLC
Allied Supply Corporation of Danville
Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.
AutoCycle LLC
Belk
Carlisle School
Garrett's Tax Service
The Gentry Farm
Golden Skillet
Goodyear Auto Service Center
Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc.
Gretna Health & Rehabilitation Center
Hampton Inn
Insurance Junction
Newcomb Carpet, Inc.
N'Tended For Kids, Inc. - Dance Too & Merle Norman Cosmetics
Piedmont Credit Union
Pittsylvania County
Pittsylvania County Sheriff Department/Jail
Riverside Dry Cleaning, Inc.
Jack Ryland
Saxon, Angle & Associates Optometrists
Semones Automotive
Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania
Social Security Administration
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Verizon Wireless Zone
Virdia, Inc.
W. A. Wells & Associates
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.

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<![CDATA[Member News 7-3-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-7-3-13/
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During the June meeting Sue Davis, superintendent of Danville Public Schools, was awarded 2013 Business Associate of the year by the Virginia Piedmont Chapter of American Business Women. Read more…

Steven P. Gould has joined Clement & Wheatley as associate counsel. Gould will focus primarily on commercial and civil litigation, personal injury and assisting clients who interact with Virginia state agencies and regulatory boards. Read more…

Hershel Stone, of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Danville, recently won the firm’s Frank Finnegan Award for exceptional achievement in building client relationships. Read more…

Stratford House
, a retirement community in Danville, has named Jodie Brumfield as new director of marketing. Read more…

Belk
is undergoing a $3 million remodeling project that will consolidate all its lines into one retail space at Danville Mall. Read more…

At his last College Board meeting as president of Danville Community College, Carlyle Ramsey unveiled the school’s plan for expanding its advanced manufacturing program — an agenda that ended up being even larger than originally expected. Read more…

The dome for the new digital dome theater at the Danville Science Center made it onto its foundation without a hitch, Sonya Wolen, assistant director of the center, said. Read more…

Southside Business Technology Center — celebrated its move from Ringgold to the River District. The Launch Place aims to be one-stop shopping for entrepreneurship development with consulting, mentorship, funding and real estate. Read more…

Alexander M. Pinto has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s new vice president of strategy and service development. Read more…

A local foundation has donated $83,000 for the new Danville YMCA facility being constructed at Riverside Drive near the King Memorial Bridge. Read more…

Steve Saum, director of Danville Utilities, was elected to serve on the board of directors of the American Public Power Association during its annual national conference. Read more…

The employees of Danville’s JTI Leaf Services celebrated reaching four years without a lost time injury. Read more…

Dr. Jill Hamlin as been appointed as Averett University’s director of autism studies program, effective July 1. Read more…

Getting named on the Virginia Super Lawyer’s list of the legal elite is an honor and a privilege less than 5 percent of the state’s lawyers achieve, but Danville attorney Luis Abreu is no stranger to that list. Read more…

Southside students seeking a fast track to a career in information technology will have more options at National College in Danville this fall, thanks to the introduction of new programs and a thorough re-design of existing program curricula. Read more…

David M. Southerland has been named Danville Regional Medical Center’s chief operating officer. Read more…

G. Thomas Gay, of Danville, is celebrated 50 years as an insurance agent. Gay currently has an office at the Dorton Insurance Agency, where he answers Medicare questions by appointment. Read more…

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors voted during their regular meeting Monday night to appropriate nearly $800,000 from the Virginia Tobacco Commission for an upcoming precision machining program at the Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Businesses Renew Membership]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Businesses-Renew-Membership/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between June 7, 2013 - July 3, 2013:

A Nurse's Touch Home Care
Adams Construction Company - Southside Division
Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia
The Arc of Southside
Bankers Insurance, LLC
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area
Carter Craig Attorneys at Law
Centech Service Corporation
David D. Childress, DDS
Collie Equipment Company
Colonial Ridge Apartments
Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service
Curves
Dan River Region Association of Realtors
Daly Seven
Danville Dental Associates
Danville Pittsylvania Community Services
Danville Ready Mix
Davis & Davis Floor Covering
Finch & Finch, Inc. Funeral and Cremation Service
Foster & Dorr, PC
Four Seasons Pest Control
Free Clinic of Danville
Ginger Bread House and Garden Center
God's Storehouse, Inc.
Hajoca Corporation
Law Office of Greg T. Haymore, P.C.
The Homeplace Vineyard
Horizontech, Inc.
Hughes Marine Service
J. Clint Fleming, Inc.
Love4Paws
Lowe's
Main Street Coffee Emporium
Meadows Service Center, Inc.
Negril, Inc.
New Beginnings Insurance Services, Inc.
nTelos
O'Gara Safety & Security Institute
Old Dutch Supermarkets
Piney Forest Healthcare Center
Pittsylvania County Public Library System
Prudential Waterfront Properties
Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.
Riverside Insurance Agency, Inc.
Riverside Roof Truss
Romar Elevators
Russell L. Scruggs
Sheets Roofing
Sherwood House Furniture
Southern Office Machines
Southern States Chatham Cooperative
Southern States Co-Operative-Danville
JW Squire Company
Stratford Courtyard Conference Center, Mt. Hermon Courtyard Conference Center, & Highlander Restaurant 7 Pub
Thompson Insurance Services
TPC Acquisition, LLC DBA  My Twinn
United States Green Energy
Drs. Wentz & Manry
Williams Transportation and Storage, Inc.

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<![CDATA[New Chamber Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Chamber-Members/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

360 Public Affairs
Missy Neff Gould
308 Craghead Street, Suite 102C
Danville, VA 24541
434-829-2360
Consulting

KEA Consulting Services
Kim Adkins
1010 Sheraton Court
Martinsville, VA 24112
276-252-2679
Consulting

Panoramic Wellness
Andrea Sherwood
1603A Enterprise Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-237-5433
Health Maintenance Organizations

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Hope Harris-Gayles
820 Bruce Street
South Boston, VA 24592
434-572-5562
Schools, Colleges, & Education

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<![CDATA[Member News 6-17-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-6-17-13/
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Officials broke ground Wednesday on Centra’s $23.8 million project for this northern Pittsylvania County town — a 50,000-square-foot, 24/7 emergency care center with a CT scanner. Read more…

Bistro 1888
in downtown South Boston has been honored as a Top Performing Restaurant as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, the World’s Largest Travel Site. Read more…

The River District has attracted $78 million in private investment over five years, according to figures presented by the City of Danville’s Office of Economic Development. That figure outpaces public investment by threefold. Read more…

The Homeplace Vineyard is expanding. The family that owns the vineyard on Rigney Circle off Climax Road in Pittsylvania County is constructing an event facility next to its tasting room/cabin. Read more…

The Chatham law office of Adams, Elmore & Fisk is opening a satellite office in Gretna on July 1. The Gretna office will be located in the former Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Office in the American National Bank building. The office will open from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.  There will be a full-time staff member and attorneys will alternate days at the site.

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania
has received $258,640 from the Virginia Department of Social Services to go toward the Virginia Star Quality Initiative for the Piedmont Region. Read more…

Pemberton Lofts
is now taking applications for early leasing. The model unit is open and available to be shown. We look forward to helping you with your housing needs. Read more…

R. Frank Fox Jr.
has joined Nancy’s Candy Co. as plant manager in its headquarters facility in Meadows of Dan. Read more…

Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.
has changed its legal name to Roman Eagle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Inc.  As a charitable, not-for-profit organization, Roman Eagle has distinguished itself as a recognized leader in providing skilled nursing care in a safe, comfortable, homelike environment for nearly a century. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
Home Health Services recently announced that it is now using the Patient Information Logistics Solution System for in-home monitoring and disease management support of certain patients. Read more…

Dustin Whittle has been named the new director of marketing and membership at the Danville Family YMCA. Read more…

The Virginia Public Library Directors Association recently awarded Danville Public Library an “Outstanding Service Innovation” award for its Little Free Library Project, an initiative that has overseen the installation of free library units throughout Danville. Read more…

One company is bringing 150 new jobs to Danville and investing $7.5 million. The City of Danville announced that an allergy relief lozenges company, named Allergease, is moving to Danville's River District. Read more…

Danville Community College
plans to double the number of students who can take the precision machining program each semester by adding a new building, increasing class sizes and bringing in a lot of new, high-tech equipment for the students to train on. Read more…

First Piedmont Corp.
, a regional waste hauler headquartered in Chatham, plans to switch some of its refuse vehicles from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas this year. Read more…

National College
recently recognized the following employees and instructors. Katlin Hecox and Sheri Tuck were recognized as outstanding employees of the year for their service and dedication to the Danville campus. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
is now accepting proposals for its next round of grant making. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
’s Main Laboratory has received accreditation by the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. CAP is considered the gold standard in laboratory accreditation and is the leader in laboratory quality assurance. Read more…

Construction of the new digital dome theater at the Danville Science Center continues with the assembly of the dome. Read more…

After two months of renovations, Santana’s Restaurant and Grill in the Comfort Inn & Suites is now open. Read more…

At its June meeting, the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center board of trustees honored Carlyle Ramsey, president of Danville Community College, for his service to the board. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Company
announced the appointment of H. Gregg Strader as Executive Vice President. In this role, Strader will lead the bank’s major strategic initiatives from his new office in Greensboro, N.C. Read more…  American National Bank and Trust Company also announced two employee changes at its South Boston Office. Linda Conner, Assistant Vice President & Relationship Manager, retired on May 31, 2013. Kimberly Fox, Relationship Manager, has joined American National to assume Conner’s roles and responsibilities. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Golf Tournament a Huge Success]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Golf-Tournament-a-Huge-Success/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

A late afternoon storm couldn’t dampen the fun of the 23rd Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament.  More than 80 golfers were enjoying a beautiful afternoon on the links during the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s golf tournament on June 3rd when a late afternoon storm stopped play.  Golfers, however, simply turned their attention to business networking until the club could determine the winners of the event. The golf tournament is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.

Capturing first place gross was the R.J. Baldwin/Haymore Law Offices team of Vern Cowan, Greg Haymore, Bob Warren, and Ben Clay.

Second place gross winners were Floyd Merryman, Bobby Lovelace, Lee Lovelace, and Andrew Shimpock.  They were representing the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team.

The third place gross winner was the Virginia Bank & Trust Co. team of Roger Gillispie, Mark Crawford, D.C. Hastings, and R.J. Weaver.

Fourth place gross winners were Tiffany Franks, Buddy Rawley, Peyton Keesee, and Kevin Snow.  They were representing the team of Averett University.

Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Sartomer Company team of Marilyn Hanover, Jerry Inman, Steven Lindsay, and Chris Petrangeli.

Capturing first place in net score was the Danville Regional Medical Center team of Michael Cockram, Tom Harriston, Jamie Reynolds, and Tony Willis.

The Danville Register & Bee team of Howard Kowitz, JR Emerson, Chad Mitchell, and Harry Meade took home second place net honors.

Third place net winners were Mark Foster, Stephen Gay, John Neal, and Vaden Wright, representing the Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co. team.

The team of Columbia Forest Products won fourth place net.  Team members were Jason Compton, Randall Gibbs, Kevin Ferrell, and Charlie Vaden.

Finishing in fifth place net was the Wilkins & Co./Wilkinson Consulting team of Robert Marsh, Aaron Walters, Hampton Wilkins, and Steve Wilkinson.

Closest to the pin contests were won by Richard Davis, Steven Lindsay, Jamie Reynolds, and Brian Morris.  The contests were sponsored by Aaron W. Johnson Auction Realty, Four Seasons Pest Control, and Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co.

While Retail Merchants Association donated $10,000 for a hole-in-one on hole #10 and Ben David Jewelers donated a one carat diamond for a hole-in-one on hole #16, no lucky golfer was able to find the perfect shot to win either the cash or the diamond.

A drawing was also held for prizes that included a Taylor Made Rocket Ballz driver courtesy of First Citizens Bank, a Gents Citizen Ecodrive watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, a golf bag courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling, green fees for four at the Westlake Country Club and green fees for four at the Waterfront Country Club courtesy of The Willard Companies.

“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee.  “Despite the late afternoon storm, the golfers had a great time and commented that this was the one of the best tournaments they’ve ever competed in.”

“We appreciate the outstanding support from Chamber members and affiliated businesses for this year’s tournament. We also appreciate their year-round support of the Chamber as we strive to increase the profitability and success of our local business community,” stated Finney.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is a business organization with approximately 700 members in the Danville/Pittsylvania County region.  The Chamber works to energize the region by creating exceptional business growth and profitability in a vibrant, customer-centered culture.

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members June 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members-June-2013/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Peace Haven Personal Care Services   
Yolanda Ceasar
18 North Main Street
PO Box 423
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 432-8558
Health Maintenance Organizations

Pemberton Lofts
Ross Fickenscher
541 Bridge Street
Danville, VA 24541
804-925-0109
Apartments

Vintages by the Dan
Robin Jones
312 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-799-4363
Retailers

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 30, 2013 – June 6, 2013:

Abundant Life World Outreach Church
Alcova Mortgage
Chatmoss Cablevision, Inc.
Computer Clinic Inc.
God's Pit Crew, Inc.
Dale Hutchens
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Matthews Sanitation Services, LLC
McDarmont Web Design, Inc.
Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative
Nationwide Insurance - Brandon Scearce Insurance Agency, Inc.
Piedmont Printing & Graphics Inc.
Piedmont Shopper / ClassCandy
David Pugh, P.L.L.C.
Showcase Magazine
SleepyGoat Cheese
Supply Resources, Inc.
TekaByte, Inc.
''The Brick'' Running & Tri Store
Triangle Cycles North
Virginia Technical Institute
Willow Oaks Plantation
Coleman B. Yeatts

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<![CDATA[Member News 5-20-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-5-20-13/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Bruce R. Scism will become the new president of Danville Community College, succeeding Carlyle Ramsey when he retires Aug. 1 after leading the school for 21 years. Read more…

The Danville School Board has announced that Edward Newsome Jr. has been selected as the next superintendent of Danville Public Schools effective July 1. Read more…

Carlene J. Wilson of Danville has been named director of the Danville campus of National College. Read more…

Lisa Fultz will become the executive director of the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, effective June 3. Read more…

American National Bank and Trust Company announced that Katie Smith has joined the bank’s Mortgage Department as an Assistant Vice President & Mortgage Loan Officer for the Danville region. Read more…

Kristy Wolfe recently joined the Franklin Turnpike office of the financial services firm Edward Jones as a branch office administrator (BOA). Read more…

JTI Leaf Services in Danville is investing $7.5 million in new tobacco processing technology at its Stinson Drive plant. Read more…

Lee Chapman IV has been named chief executive officer in addition to his role as president of Davenport & Company. The financial services firm has a branch in Danville. Read more…

NASCAR is coming to Virginia International Raceway this summer, with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East selecting the road course for an event in August. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center recently invested more than $1.2 million in a new GE Healthcare Brightspeed Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and upgrade to other existing technology. Read more…


Experience Hot Laps on VIR’s Track with Pro Drivers Charles Haynsworth and Roger Gillispie or drive your own car on VIRginia International Raceway’s historic track — Thursday, May 23, 2013. All donations will benefit the Boys & Girls Club. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has awarded 77 scholarships totaling more than $149,000 to area students. Read more…

The fountain that will be the centerpiece of Danville’s River District Gateway Park is getting some extra bells and whistles, thanks to an additional donation of $65,000 from JTI Leaf Services. Read more…

Faculty, staff and administrators at Danville Community College were honored recently for their service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Read more…

The Danville campus of National College will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. May 30 at George Washington High School with special guest speaker U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, 5th District. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the recipients of its first “Heart of Nursing” Award. The award recognizes and celebrates DRMC nurses who have made outstanding contributions to patient care and the community. Read more…

URW Community Federal Credit Union has incorporated a “community room” into its new location on Lowes Drive that can be used for meetings, seminars and other gatherings — for free. Read more…

Hearts On Fire is donating all proceeds from sales on heartsonfire.com (excluding sales tax) to The One Fund Boston through May 31. Ben David Jewelers is participating in this initiative to offer local customers the ability to give back through a special Hearts on Fire purchase. Read more…

Danville has a new FM radio station. WBTM has added Big Hits 102.5 WBTM-FM to run simulcast with its AM frequency, 1330 WBTM. Read more…

The City of Danville’s Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a community-wide needs assessment. The information collected from this questionnaire will help guide the department as it creates a five-year strategic plan. Read more…

A farmer’s market will open June 1 at the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex on US 29 in Chatham. Participants may contact Pittsylvania County Agricultural Development Director Fred Wydner at 434-432-7993 to register or for more information.

 

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has awarded Centra a three-star rating for the fourth time. Centra continues to be among the nation’s highest possible tier of hospitals providing heart surgery. The three-star rating, which only 12 percent of heart centers hold, reflects above average, quality performances.

Hargrave Military Academy is hosting a special five-day course for young men in rising grades 7-12 interested in leadership and the military lifestyle. The 2013 Summer Leaders Course runs June 10-14 on Hargrave’s campus in Chatham. The cost for the course is $500 and $250, respectively. To learn more, contact Col. Mike Cloy at 434-432-2582 or email cloym@hargrave.edu.

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<![CDATA[Application Process Opens for Leadership Southside XX]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Application-Process-Opens-for-Leadership-Southside-XX/
   By H. Lynnette Lawson              (0) Comments

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013-14 class of Leadership Southside.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is June 26, 2013.

Leadership Southside, presented by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is an interactive and informative program that offers skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia.  The program is designed to identify and develop potential community leaders in order to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership needs in the region.  The Leadership Southside program strives to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership and expand that potential. 

Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and exchange of ideas.  Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, leadership of a business, leadership issues in economic development and workforce development, leadership in education, leadership of a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity, and local and state government.

This year the Chamber of Commerce will hold three Leadership Southside information sessions for those interested in applying for the program.
  The sessions will include refreshments and will be held as follows:

·         Wednesday, May 29 - J.T.’s at the Lavalette, Gretna, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

·         Tuesday, June 4, Chamber of Commerce, Blairs Noon-1:00 p.m.

·         Wednesday, June 5, Danville Golf Club, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org.

Leadership Southside XX will begin in September 2013 with an orientation and will be followed by 8 monthly programs.  The class graduate in May 2013.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Leadership Southside is made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and by our generous sponsors:  Centra, Danville Regional Medical Center, and WSET ABC 13.

Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at llawson@dpchamber.org .  Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

The deadline for applications is June 26, 2013.

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment April 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-Renew-Investment-April-2013/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 1, 2013 – April 26, 2013:

Arlene's Closet LLC
Dominion VA Power
Essel Propack
Hamilton Properties of Danville, LLC
Johnson CPA, PLLC & Consulting
Kokomo Salon
Lavinder Group and Associates
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Mary's Diner
Orkin Pest Control
Piedmont Maid Service
Roots & Shoots Landscaping, Inc.
Smith Funeral Services, Inc.
Stratford Healthcare Center
Telvista, Inc.
Trophy & Sign Center
Verizon
Wal-Mart #1465
Williams Gas Pipeline
Your I.T. Professional LLC

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<![CDATA[New Members April 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-April-2013/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Eden Jewelry Stores                                       
J.T. Hyler, Jr.
364 Lowes Drive, Suite Q
Danville, VA 24540
434-792-9148
Jewelers
(Referred by Barbara Seamster with WWDN The Dan)

RPJ Cleaning     
Mark Dill
2849 Law Road
Pelham, NC 27311
434-441-0937
Services
(Referred by Debbie Thompson)

 

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<![CDATA[Member News 4-15-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-4-15-13/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

You’re invited to a fun event at John Deere Day! Come help your community and be entered for a chance to win a new John Deere D105 lawn tractor at James River Equipment! God’s Pit Crew and God’s Storehouse will be accepting donations from 10am-2pm, and for every dry good or can good you give, they’ll give you one ticket for a chance to win. Read more…

The City of Danville’s Office of Economic Development recently announced that Macerata Wheels LLC plans to locate its manufacturing and distribution operations to 1000 Lockett Drive in Danville. The location was selected because of its proximity to the workforce training provided by Danville Community College. Read more…

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative employee Matthew Doss has completed the final step in lineman training school offered by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives. Read more…

Cherie Sibley, Chief Operating Officer Danville Regional Medical Center, has been promoted by LifePoint Hospitals to CEO of Clark Regional Medical Center in Winchester, Ky., another hospital in the LifePoint family. Read more…

Internationally-acclaimed "airigamist" Larry Moss and his partner Kelly Cheatle will bring their incredible art form to Martinsville as the Virginia Museum of Natural History prepares to build a near-life-sized balloon sculpture of Acrocanthosaurus, a predatory dinosaur of the Mesozoic era, from April 19-21 at the museum.  Read more…

Delegate Danny Marshall of Danville has earned the Champion of Free Enterprise Award for his pro-jobs, pro-business votes at the Virginia General Assembly. Read more…

The Free Clinic of Danville has received a donation of $25,169 from the Carrington Charitable Trust for interim support of the clinic’s diabetic care program to ensure continuity of care for diabetic patients. Read more…

Joy Smith, a registered nurse, who has been employed by Roman Eagle for 39 years and served as director of nursing for the past 22 years retired March 8. Read more…

The Commonwealth has added part of Gretna’s downtown to the Virginia Landmarks Register, a move that town officials and preservationists hope will attract more tourism and provide a boost to its Main Street area. Read more…

Local students and employers will soon have access to training in the latest security techniques to defeat “hackers” and other threats to security and privacy thanks to a new associate degree program at the Danville Campus of National College. Read more…

Verizon Wireless has activated new fourth generation (4G) Long Term Evolution (LTE) network coverage in Danville with the addition of a new cell site that provides service along U.S. 29. Read more…

The analytical chemistry laboratory at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has achieved international certification by an independent accreditation firm for chemical testing. Read more…

Rosalee Maxwell has been named resource development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Thank You to Renewing Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Thank-You-to-Renewing-Members/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between March 2, 2013 – March 29, 2013:

Aflac
Shahnaz M. Ahmed
Appalachian Power Company
Belk
Capital Outdoor
Chatham Animal Clinic
Coldwell Banker Johnson Realty
Comfort Inn & Suites
Computer Clinic Inc.
Custom Embroidery Inc.
Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
Dan River Investigation LLC
Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab - Central
Davis & Davis Floor Covering
Epiphany Episcopal
Friedrichs Family Eye Center
Genesis Day Spa and Salon
H & R Block
Kid-Konnection Child Development Center
Leesville Lake Association Inc.
Leggett Town & Country
Nestle USA, Inc.
Bob Newnam Builders
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Owens-Illinois
Premier Graphics
Prime Media
Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center
SleepyGoat Cheese
Southeast Energy, Inc. DBA Motor Oils
Spurrier Orthodontics
Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., P.C.
Western Sizzlin Steak House of Danville, Inc.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Welcomes New Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Chamber-Welcomes-New-Members/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Baldwin and Associates
Linda Baldwin
111 Vicar Place
Danville, VA 24540
434-835-0305
Real Estate

Charles Anderson Lawn Care Service Inc
Charles Anderson
2231 James D Hagood Hwy
PO Box 28
South Boston, VA 24592
(434) 575-5296
Landscaping/Lawn Maintenance

GSI Commerce
Kim Smith-Glisson
307 Hollie Drive
Martinsville, VA 24112
(276) 670-6143
Distribution and Warehouses

GOK International                   
Kevin Liao
500 Cane Creek Parkway
Ringgold, VA 24586
434-791-2100
Manufacturers and Processors

Grand Springs
Robert Smith
2140 Mt. Carmel Road
Alton, VA 24520
434-753-2515
Distributors

Kare Pharmacy
Liz Harris
138 Arnett Blvd.
Danville, VA 24540
434-792-8281
Drugstores/Pharmacies

Party Palooza
Austin Bond
165 Holt Garrison Parkway, Suite 510B
Danville, VA 24540
434-799-4343
Specialty Shops 

River City Accounting Services LLC
Pamela Brown
2623 North Main Street, Suite E
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-5666
Accountants and Tax Services

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<![CDATA[Member News 3-18-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-3-18-13/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

In partnership with the New College Institute, Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, and the Virginia Secretary of Education, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research will host the Southern Virginia STEM –H (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Health) Summit: Education for Innovation on April 11 and 12. Read more…

Men and women struggling with varicose veins now have access to a new service at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC). Officials at DRMC recently announced the beginning of its newest service “The Danville Regional Vein Center”. Read more…

Piedmont Mall is getting a facelift, and a new name: Danville Mall. Changes are already under way at the mall, where the company has been working to incorporate its aesthetic and tenant strategies ahead of building permits to change the look of the mall. Read more…

Averett University has partnered with Strategic Marketing Affiliates, Inc. (SMA) to help the University better protect and promote its fast-growing brand. SMA is a leader in the collegiate licensing industry, representing more than 280 colleges and universities throughout North America. Read more…

Some homeowners in Danville and Pittsylvania County can boast that they have award-winning pools in their backyards. That’s because Dominion Pool & Spa installed their pools and submitted photos to the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals who chose their design for the International Awards of Excellence. Tune and Toler is the parent company of Dominion Pool & Spa. Read more…

A new exhibit set to open at the Virginia Museum of Natural History will feature two cast fossil specimens of Australopithecus sediba, a human-like primate and extinct genus of hominid, which provide significant implications to the study of evolution.  Read more…

The fourth annual Bridge to Bridge 5K/10K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Fun Run to benefit the Danville Cancer Association will be held Saturday April 13, 2013 on Danville's scenic river walk trail. Read more…

Danville Community College has become a part of the newly-formed Virginia Horseshoe Initiative, a statewide effort to get more people college educated. Read more…

Averett University's annual Student Art Show opens March 11 and runs through April 7. The show, which will be in the multipurpose room of the Student Center (second floor), will feature pottery, crafts, sculpture, prints, drawing and painting. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information about the art show call 434-791-5620.

Piedmont Access to Health Services Inc. received a perfect score from a recent site visit from the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more…

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) recently announced the appointment of Jaran Lusk as its new Director of Health Information Management (HIM). In her new role, Jaran will provide day-to-day leadership in directing HIM (medical record) functions across the organization, ensuring the availability of clinical, demographic, financial and administrative data to facilitate realtime (best practice) healthcare delivery. Read more…

The Southern Piedmont Technology Council celebrated innovation and vision during its annual awards banquet at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. Read more…

The Alzheimer's Association will host Walk to End Alzheimer's Team Captain Workshops on Monday, April 8 at 8:00am, Noon and 4:00pm at the United Way offices.  Learn new fundraising tips and get new tools to lead your Walk Team team in the fight to End Alzheimer's.  Information: 434-973-6122, ext. 111 or email mhanson@alz.org.

Barcoded medicine lines the racks of the new robotic pharmacy system, nicknamed “Robby” at Danville Regional Medical Center. The system sorts and inventories orders made from the pharmacy and the prescriptions go directly to the patients. The $700,000 system was installed last week to upgrade their 1999 system. Read more…

Dustin Haberer has recently been promoted to sous chef at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research conference center in Danville. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment February 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-Renew-Investment-February-2013/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between February 2, 2013 – March 1, 2013:

Adecco
Animal Medical Center of Danville
Barkhouser Ford Lincoln
Blair Construction, Inc.
Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
Howard W. Bolton III, CPA, PC
Builder's Discount Center of Danville, Inc.
Elbridge G. Coles Insurance Agency
Hayako O. Cook
CRB Electric, Inc.
DanChem Technologies, Inc.
Danville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Danville Cancer Association, Inc.
Danville Collision Center
Danville Life Saving Crew
Danville Pathologists, Inc.
Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity
Danville Public Schools
Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
Danville Toyota, Inc.
DocuSystems Company, Inc.
R. Allan Easley Insurance Agency
Edward Jones
Fire Sprinkler, Ltd.
R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
Furniture Depot, Inc.
General Aviation, Inc.
Goodyear Tire & Service Network
Mark B. Holland, P.C.
Home Depot
Infinity Global Inc.
Dr. Geoffrey Johnson DDS P.C.
Just Kids Child Development Center
Maddyzack Inc. Marketing Services
Marshall Construction Company
Maurakis Appraisal Services, Inc.
Miller Funeral Home, Inc.
Paul W. Miller D.D.S.
Norris Funeral Services
OB-Gyn Associates of Danville, Inc.
Outback Steakhouse
Pawn America
Piedmont Infusion Services, Inc.
Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services
Powers Signs, Inc.
Retail Merchants Association
Rocky Womack Communications
Southern Piedmont Technology Council
State Farm Insurance & Financial Services
The Stone Shoppe, Inc.
Stratford House
Summertime Pool & Spa, Inc.
Team Nurse, Inc.
Telamon Corporation-Danville
UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
VIRginia International Raceway
WDBJ Television
West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
Wilkinson Consulting & CPA, PLC
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home
Linwood Wright

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<![CDATA[New Members 2-28-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-2-28-13/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Baldwin and Associates
Linda Baldwin
111Vicar Place
Danville, VA 24540
434-835-0305
Real Estate
(Referred by Jan Quinn of Williamsburg Village Apartments)

ChathaMooCa LLC

Ron Brown
33 North Main Street
PO Box 658
Chatham, VA 24531
434-432-2332
Restaurants and Caterers

Comcast Spotlight
Patricia Cassidy
560 Patton Street, 2nd Floor
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 792-1770
Services

Grand Springs
Robert Smith
2140 Mt. Carmel Road
Alton, VA 24520
434-753-2515
Distributors

Interim Healthcare

Gayle Jackson             
108 Holbrook Street, Suite 204-205
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 836-4686
Nursing Homes/Rehab/Skilled Nursing

Kitti’s Kakes     
Kitti Lightfoot
230 Windflower Place
Blairs, VA 24527
434-835-1341
Bakery

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network         
David Crispin, Financial Representative
6320 Quadrangle Drive, Suite 360
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
(919) 401-0334
Financial & Investment Companies

Patti OKeefe Photography
Patti OKeefe
1200 Pinecroft Road
Danville, VA 24541
434-250-6463
Photography/Studio

River City Accounting Services LLC
Pamela Brown
2623 North Main Street, Suite E
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-5666
Accountants and Tax Services

University of Richmond – Professional & Continuing Studies

John Zinn
28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
804-287-6378
Schools, Colleges & Education

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<![CDATA[Member News 2-25-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-2-25-13/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Two Pittsylvania County vineyards have won state awards for their wines. Altillo Vineyards and Winery (formerly Altavista Vineyards and Winery) in Hurt and The Homeplace Vineyard in Chatham received notification that they won medals from the 2013 Governor’s Cup Wine Competition.  The Virginia Wineries Association, which owns and manages the competition, puts on the annual event in partnership with the Virginia Wine Board and the Virginia Vineyards Association. Read more…

Brian Amthor, vice president of marketing for Amthor International in Gretna, has been named to the marketing committee of the American Energy Coalition in New York City. The American Energy Coalition is a nationwide grassroots organization that advocates for oil heat and the dealers. Amthor International, a fourth-generation family-owned company, is the nation’s largest manufacturer of truck-mounted tanks for the refined fuel, propane, mining, vacuum and septic, portable restroom, water, well drilling, and construction industries.

Ken Larking, assistant county manager in Moore County, N.C., will become the City of Danville’s next deputy city manager on March 18. Larking takes the position held by David Parrish, who resigned in December to become the assistant city manager in Greensboro, N.C. Read more…

When Averett University started raising money to expand Pritchett Auditorium last year, they expected it to take a while. “We thought it would take a couple of years to raise,” Buddy Rawley, the university’s vice president of institutional advancement, said. “But we got a gigantic gift from an anonymous alumnus that got us over the top real quick.” Read more…

Consuelo Price has returned as executive chef at The Oak Tree Tavern at Virginia International Raceway. Price worked at VIR in the past and has returned with fresh ideas and a new menu for 2013, the racing facility stated. Read more…

The City of Danville recently announced that there will soon be 30 new public parking spaces in downtown Danville at the former Downtowner site. The Danville Industrial Development Authority voted unanimously Thursday to table ideas for the smaller, lower section of the site, but it will create 30 parking spaces on the larger, upper part of the lot. Read more…

Richard Moore, of Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia in Danville, earned the No. 24 position in Auto-Owners Life Insurance Company’s 2012 President’s Club. The President’s Club honors the top 25 agents for Auto-Owners whose life insurance production is the highest for the company in a calendar year, according to a news release. Read more…

Supply Resources
has hired Tapio Martti to lead and expand SRI Recycling. Martti, named as manager of global sales and sourcing, will change the focus of the company, which is industrial waste brokerage, to the reuse of higher valued industrial materials. Martti will rebrand the company as SRI Global, and his team will work throughout North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to secure sources of reusable and recyclable commodities. Read more…

AGI-Shorewood
was recently acquired by the Australia-based packaging company Amcor. The Danville plant produces boxes and cartons for tobacco products and chewing gum. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
is naming its “H” Building for Dr. Michael Moore. The Michael A. Moore, MD, Clinical Education Center consists of 5 floors and 38,000-square-feet of space, according to a news release. Read more…

PIP Printing
now offers large format posters, banners, & decals for your business needs. Read more…

The City of Danville, Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Danville Regional Foundation and Averett University honored 10 foreign companies that collectively serve as the area’s largest employer – providing nearly 3,000 jobs. Read more…

Sylvan
is coming to Kid Konnection!  Kids today are "one" with technology. They've been swiping screens and tapping on keyboards since their earliest years. They feast on knowledge when it's at their fingertips. They are Digital Natives. That's why Sylvan designed SylvanSync™ - their solution to give students the edge they need to succeed in school, using the digital tools they love. Read more…

VIRginia International Raceway
, America’s Motorsport Resort, is pleased to announce the 2013 Spectator Schedule. Read more…

The work of three Institute researchers will be featured in the scientific journal In Vitro Report. Conducted by Seonhwa Kim, Dr. Chuansheng Mei and Dr. Kedong Da, the research explores an efficient system for high-quality large scale micropropagation of Miscanthus x giganteus plants. Read more…

The 2013 Danville Braves begin their 20th Anniversary season at home on June 20th versus the Princeton Rays. For further information on the schedule, season tickets, promotional nights, and/or partnership opportunities please contact the Danville Braves office at (434) 797-3792, or email info@dbraves.com. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Chamber Participates in DC Trip]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Participates-in-DC-Trip/
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The Dan River Region Collaborative recently participated in the 2013 Skills Summit in Washington, D.C. where participants asked members of Congress to support policies and investments in skill development, enabling more businesses to find the skilled workers they need to compete globally, and so all workers can share in and contribute to our country’s economic prosperity.

Dr. Julie J. Brown, Project Director for the Collaborative, Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, and Dr. Nettie L. Simon-Owens, Director of Workforce Services for the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center, were invited to participate in the Summit on behalf of Southern Virginia.  Valerie Palamountain, Dean of Workforce Services for Piedmont Virginia Community College, also represented Virginia at the Summit.

“Our region’s competitive position in the global economy depends upon the skills of its workforce,” commented Brown.  “To stay ahead, we need broader and more effective investments that enable our workforce to continually increase its skills and adapt to global economic shifts.”

“Even with high unemployment, our employers face difficulties finding qualified workers in the middle – jobs that require more than a high school diploma but not a four-year degree,” Brown explained.  “We shared this message with members of Congress to help them recognize that federally-funded workforce development programs that engage employers, lead to industry-recognized credentials, and directly link training with jobs are part of the solution to the skills gap and full economic recovery.”

While in DC, the Virginia delegation met with Congressman Robert Hurt and the staffs of Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, and Representatives Morgan Griffith, Eric Cantor, Bobby Scott, and Jim Moran.

“We appreciate the interest and willingness of our Congressional representatives and staff to learn more about the challenges that face our employers and our job seekers,” Moran said.  “We hope that our ability to share information from our region will allow members of Congress to better understand the need for reauthorization of workforce legislation and a balanced approach to the deficit reduction.”

The Skills Summit was sponsored by the National Skills Coalition which organizes broad-based coalitions seeking to raise the skills of America’s workers across a range of industries.

The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) is a regional funding collaborative driven by employer partnerships in four strategic areas:  advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare and information technology.  Through these employer-driven partnerships, the Collaborative works to identify training, policy, and capacity issues that impact the development of the region’s workforce.  The ultimate goal is to create opportunities that move low-skill, low-wage individuals into high-skill, high-wage positions.

The Collaborative’s key funding partners, to date, include The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, The Danville Regional Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, J.T.-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the Virginia Tobacco Commission, the Boeing Foundation, and the National Fund for Workforce Solutions. 

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<![CDATA[Member News 2-11-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-2-11-13/
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The Danville Regional Foundation presented its vision for “Middle Border Forward” initiative at the chamber’s monthly “Business at Breakfast” meeting. The Middle Border Forward is designed to create a regional vision, increase regional cooperation and develop the next two generations of diverse leaders. Read more…

The Gretna Theatre will present Keith Henderson "Illusions of The King" in concert with Special Guest Michelle Motley & Diamondback on February 14, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $18.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Call (434) 656-3377 for more information.

The Danville Regional Foundation announced the hiring of Lori A. Merricks as Director of Marketing and Communications effective March 4. She will be responsible for developing strategic marketing efforts for DRF and its regional partners to further the Foundation’s mission to enhance economic development, education and community wellness, as well as drive positive change to position the Dan River Region as a great place to live, work, play and visit. Read more…

The Launch Place has named Lynn E. Allen manager of The Launch Place Fund. The fund was established as part of The Launch Place’s Entrepreneurship Initiative funded by a $10 million Danville Regional Foundation grant in July 2012.  This newly created fund will provide concept and seed stage investment for innovation-based companies in the Danville region that exhibit significant potential for growth and economic impact. Read more…

Danville residents will have the opportunity to offer suggestions for improved downtown parking during a public forum Wednesday at the Municipal Building’s second floor conference room at 6 p.m. The City of Danville plans to perform a parking study and will be introducing the team conducting that study during the meeting. Read more…

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at http://www.cfdrr.org/. The deadline for all applications to be received is Feb. 25. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center’s retail pharmacy, Medical Center Pharmacy, has partnered with Kare Pharmacy. The hospital’s inpatient pharmacy is not included in the partnership, according to a news release from Danville Regional.  Medical Center Pharmacy customer information and prescriptions have been transferred to Kare Pharmacy, with no interruption expected in customer service, according to the hospital. Medical Center Pharmacy will not be changing its pharmacists, location, phone number or hours. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s Education and Outreach department is helping out Dan River Region teachers by providing them with new supplies for classrooms. Read more…

City of Danville’s  Parks and Recreation recently entered into a partnership with Danville Regional Medical Center to promote health and wellness throughout the region. Not only will Danville Regional and Parks and Recreation offer an array of seminars to educate, inform and raise awareness about health and wellness issues affecting the community, they will also collaborate on the Health and Wellness Check Point Team, a mobile information center, according to a news release. Read more…

Eric Deaton, CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center, presented a $100,000 check to the Danville Family YMCA, the third installment in a $500,000 pledge the hospital made in 2010 to support the new facility being built overlooking the Dan River in downtown Danville. Read more…

On Feb. 14, Ben David Jewelers will be one of the many places where couples choose say “I do” for Valentine’s Day. From 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., couples will declare their love in front of Pastor Pam Spencer. Couples will be married or renew their wedding vows every 30 minutes. Read more…

Line crews from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and seven other Virginia electric cooperatives that traveled out-of-state to help restore electric service following Superstorm Sandy have been honored by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC). Read more…

The American Red Cross is in your community every day, collecting and distributing lifesaving blood. We bring commitment, experience and resources to the community. Check out some detailing facts that most people don’t know about the Red Cross’s contribution to the State of VA. Also, donate blood or platelets between January 1 and March 31, 2013 to be automatically entered to win a $1,000 gift card from a home improvement store! Read more…

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Investment January 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-Renew-Investment-January-2013/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between December 22, 2012 – February 1, 2013:

II Georges Inn
A. C. Furniture, Inc.
Aaron W. Johnson Auction - Realty
Aaron's
Abercrombie Oil Company, Inc.
Abingdon Place of Danville
Luis A. Abreu, Attorney at Law
Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
AGIShorewood
All-Virginia Title & Escrow, Inc.
Ambulatory Foot Care Center PC
American Armoured Foundation, Inc.
American National Bank & Trust Company
American Showcase Modulars
AmeriStaff Employment & Staffing Solutions
APAC Atlantic Incorp.
Dr. B. R. Ashby
Atkinson Truck Sales
Averett University
Awards & Trophy Shop & Custom Framing
Bankers Insurance/Carter Bank & Trust
Barbee Fabrics of Danville, Inc.
BB&T
Ben David Jewelers
Better Business Bureau-Western VA
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.
Blue Ridge Power Agency
BMS Consulting
Bojangles - Tri-Arc Foods, Inc.
Bra Lady Boutique, The
Cambridge Investments
Canteen Food and Vending Services
Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc.
Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
Carpetland USA of Danville, Inc.
Carter Bank & Trust
CCP Composites US
Centra
CenturyLink
Chandler Concrete Company
Chatham Family Medical Center
Chatham Hall
CIT
Clement & Wheatley
Coca Cola Bottling Company
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Inc.
Columbia Forest Products
Comfort Inn & Suites
Commonwealth Home Health Care, Inc.
Community Enterprises
The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
Computer Clinic Inc.
Daly Seven,  Inc.
Dan River Business Development Center
Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.
Danville Area Council of Community Services
Danville Area Humane Society, Inc.
Danville Association for Arts & Humanities
Danville Braves
Danville Community College
Danville Distributing Company, Inc.
Danville Golf Club
Danville Orthopedic Clinic, Inc.
Danville Pittsylvania County Fair Association
Danville Regional Medical Center
Danville Register & Bee
Danville Science Center
Danville Super -8
Danville Tree Care
Danville Utilities, City of
Davenport Energy, Inc.
Davis Storage & Warehouse, Inc.
Days Inn-Yanceyville
Debbie's Staffing
Dell’Anno’s Pizzeria
Designed Benefits of Virginia, Inc.
Dewberry
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Dominion Eye Center
Donnachaidh Associates
Dorton Insurance Agency
Downtown Danville Association
DVF Foodservice, Inc.
Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc.
Edward Jones Investments
EIT, LLC
El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant
Electronic Development Labs, Inc.
The Entwistle Company
ERA-Holley & Gibson Realty Company, Inc.
FairPoint Communications
Farm Credit of the Virginias ACA-Chatham Branch
First Citizens Bank
First Piedmont Corporation
First State Bank
Friedman Fixture Company, Inc.
Fun-Time Amusements
Gamewood Technology Group
Gateway Health
Glenn D. Giles
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Gretna Drug Company, Inc.
GSO Aviation
Hardy Petroleum
Hargrave Military Academy
Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, CPA's
Charles R. Hawkins
Holiday Sports Tours
Holiday Travel Services of Danville, Inc.
Hughes Memorial Foundation
Bobby G. Hutson
Intertape Polymer Group
J & J Truck Sales, Inc.
J. C. Penney Co., Inc.
James River Companies, LLC
JEB International Tobacco Company
K&K Owen Farms, Inc.
Karen's Hallmark Shop
Lawrence Distributing Company
LE&D Professionals, PC
Lead to Read
Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company
Longwood SBDC - Danville
Lorillard Tobacco Co.
M & M Furniture Company
Main Street Coffee Emporium
Malcolm J. Mallery, DDS
Martinizing Dry Cleaning
Master Gage & Tool Co.
McDonald's of Chatham
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
Midtown Market
Modern Pharmacy, Inc.
Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Multi-Wall Packaging Corporation
National College
Oakes Memorials & Signs, Inc.
Office Plus Business Centre
Pepsi Beverages Company
Piedmont Broadcasting Corp., WBTM/WAKG
Piedmont Credit Union
Piedmont Glass
Piedmont Mall
Piedmont Precision Machine Co., Inc.
Piedmont Regional Eye Center and Optical Shop
PIP Printing
Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc.
Pittsylvania County Economic Development
Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau
Pittsylvania County School System
Pittsylvania County Service Authority
Prudential Manasco Realty
R.J. Baldwin Agency Inc.
Rippe's Apparel, Furs, Shoes
Riverside Hardware, Inc.
Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.
Ross Electric, Inc.
Sacred Heart School
Sartomer USA, LLC
Schewel Furniture
Scott & Stringfellow
Security Alliance
ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning
Severn Trent Services
Simpson Realty Company
Sleep Inn & Suites
Snead and Williams, P.L.L.C.
Dr. Edward Snyder
Southern Air
Southern Refrigeration Corp.
Southside Manufacturing Corporation
Southside Virginia - SHRM
Star-Tribune/Womack Publishing
State Farm-Donelson Insurance Agency, Inc.
Steve Padgett's Danville Honda
SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
Swicegood Funeral Home
Sylvan Learning Center
ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
TMI AutoTech, Inc.
Town of Gretna
Townes Funeral Home, Inc.
United Way of Danville Pittsylvania County
URW Community Federal Credit Union
VA Department of Rehabilitative Services
Virginia Bank & Trust
Virginia Employment Commission
Wendy's, Catie Food Systems, Inc.
Robert H. Whitt, Jr., Attorney at Law
Wilkins & Co. Realtors
Womack Electric & Supply Co.
Robert Woodall Chevrolet, Inc.
Woods Rogers PLC
WSET, Incorporated
YMCA of Danville
Yorktowne Cabinetry

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<![CDATA[New Members January 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-Members-January-2013/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Armstrong Land Surveying, Inc.        
Rich Armstrong
129 Tightsqueeze Industrial Road
Chatham, VA 24531
(434) 710-3121
Engineers/Architects/Surveyors

Prince Charles Home Healthcare Agency, LLC
Lucille Jones
5656 US Highway 29N, Unit B-1
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 835-0124
Services

White Flint Farm         
Cherie Guerrant
5962 Slatesville Road
Keeling, VA 24566
(434) 791-3773
Agriculture

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<![CDATA[Member News 1-28-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-1-28-13/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Kenneth B. Yates has joined First State Bank of Danville as senior vice president and chief lending officer. Prior to joining First State Bank, Yates worked at The Fidelity Bank and FNB Southeast; he has 30 years of experience in the banking industry, according to a news release. Read more…

Danville attorney Luis A. Abreu has been named by Virginia Business Magazine as a member of Virginia’s Legal Elite. Inclusion in Virginia’s Legal Elite is based upon a state-wide vote by practicing attorneys. Abreu has been recognized 11 years running for his legal practice in family law and domestic relations. Abreu was recognized in 2012 as a Virginia “Super Lawyer.” Read more…

Rachael Sanford, Esquire has been promoted to partner at the Danville law firm of Clement & Wheatley. Sanford’s practice focuses on domestic relations law, insurance defense and civil litigation. Read more…

Electronic Instrumentation and Technology (EIT), a Virginia based electronics manufacturing services provider, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the Methuen, Mass., manufacturing facility from Suntron Corp. Read more…

More than $577,000 was distributed to 44 local non-profits during the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region’s annual awards ceremony at the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History. Read more…      Also, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at www.cfdrr.org. The deadline for all applications to be received is Monday, February 25, 2013.

Lakes Media Network announced the appointment of Suzanne J. Mitchell to the position of Lakes Media/Danville account manager effective Feb. 1. Mitchell will have primary responsibility for representing WWDN AM-FM (Classic Hits "1045 The Dan"), WMPW AM-FM (Country Oldies "Country Legends 103.7"), Top 40 AMPMobile.net ("More Music Than FM and a better mix than Pandora"), WHLF-FM/South Boston (Adult Contemporary "95-3/HLF") and other Lakes Media Network stations to advertisers in and around Danville. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center has appointed Richard Ashe as director of lean management. Ashe will provide day-to-day leadership for DRMC in process innovation for continuous process improvement using Lean Management and Six Sigma techniques, according to a news release from the hospital. Read more…

George A. Brooks recently earned the professional designation of Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia. Brooks, a staff accountant with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP Certified Public Accountants, completed all requirements for certification. He has been an associate in the Danville office of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP since July 2009.  He is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Danville.

Danville Dental Associates is offering a new Discount Card program that gives participants 10% to 20% off all dental services. Patients will be provided with the same quality care they are accustomed to. This includes orthodontics, root canals, crowns, dentures, bridges, cleanings, x-rays, gum treatments, etc. Everything! There is an annual membership fee for the plan. All participants will realize a savings on their dental  care costs no matter what condition their mouth and teeth are in. Services and membership fees can be paid for with cash or check (of course), credit card, or a third party financing option called CareCredit. Participating providers are Albert L. Payne, DDS; Jeffrey A. Clifton, DDS; Christopher A. Payne, DDS; James R. Evans, DDS; Tamara S. Webster, DDS; Patricia C. Dunbar, DDS; and Magarette Le, DDS. For further details, interested persons should call (434) 822-0500.

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<![CDATA[Member News January 14, 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-January-14-2013/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Thanks to a recent gift from the JT-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, Averett University is closer to its goal of building a new sports complex at its North Campus. The $200,000 gift from the trust will fund the press box, which will be named the JT Emerson Press Box in recognition of Emerson and his contributions to the community through establishing the JT-Minnie Maude Charitable Trust. Read more…

Harvey Siegel, the founder of the resurrected Virginia International Raceway (VIR) announces the passing of the baton to his partner, Connie Nyholm. Over the last 15 years Siegel and Nyholm have transformed the former abandoned racetrack into one of North America's premier road courses and the first true motorsport resort. Although Siegel is retiring from the operation and ownership of VIR, he will continue to be a club member, retain a residence at the track, and continue to enjoy what has become a grand motorsport tradition at VIR. Nyholm is pleased to welcome Kathy Stout as a new partner in VIR. Stout, along with her husband, are both accomplished VIPER racers with the NARRA Series, of which they are part owners. The Stouts also own Pittsburgh International Race Complex, 35 miles north of Pittsburgh, which encompasses a road course and Karting facility.

Pittsylvania County vintner and former tobacco farmer recently garnered recognition from the Virginia Farm Bureau. Joe Williams, co-owner of family-operated The Homeplace Vineyard in the Chatham/Climax area, raised 40 acres of tobacco from 1976-2007 and served on the Virginia Farm Bureau board of directors from 1996-2011. Read more…

VIRginia International Raceway
announced that Mike Rose has joined the team as the Director of Marketing. Rose joins VIR from Planet Central where he served as their Director of Business Development. Rose worked previously for Red Bull North America where he helped launch the brand in NASCAR and oversaw Red Bull’s introduction and ethos in Virginia. Read more…

Supply Resources
is delighted to begin the New Year with an announcement of acquisition and expansion. They have just acquired Lynchburg Public Warehouse in Lynchburg, a 40 year old company which operates three public warehouse buildings totaling 125,000 square feet. Read more…

Jason M. Crawford has been appointed branch manager of Carter Bank & Trust’s North Danville office at 3060 N. Main Street. He succeeds Jerry R. Buckner who is retiring after more than 46 years in banking, according to a company news release. Read more…

The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont Great Hall at the Virginia Museum of Natural History has been rechristened. The large room, which contains numerous exhibits and frequently is used for special events, now will be known as The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont Hall of Ancient Life. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
presented $100,000 — the first of five installments — to Danville Community College to fund nursing scholarships. The check presentation was the outgrowth of a 2012 partnership developed between the hospital and DCC to provide 60 new scholarships to help fill the national nursing shortage. DRMC CEO Eric Deaton said by 2020 there will a nursing shortage of almost 23,000 — and Southside would be no exception. Read more…

The Danville Family YMCA
’s annual membership drive is partnering with God’s Storehouse this year. From now until January 31 people are asked to donate five suggested items and they will be able to join the YMCA without having to pay the $50 joiner’s fee. The five suggested items are peanut butter, cereal, canned meat and canned fruit. According to a news release from the YMCA, one jar of peanut butter can keep a family eating lunches for weeks and not go bad, but it’s one of the least likely items to be donated to God’s Storehouse, which serves local people in need.  The YMCA specifically selected these food items to make the food drive count, but people can bring in all kinds of canned food. Participants can bring the canned goods to the YMCA located at 810 Main St. in Danville. More people are expected to be signing up this year as the YMCA gets ready to move into a new building currently being constructed at the former Long Mill Site. For more information about joining the YMCA or participating in the food drive with God’s Storehouse, call (434) 791-0621.

The Free Clinic of Danville
recently received a $20,000 donation from the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust. The clinic will use the money to support its women’s health initiatives including health education, medical and gynecological care, routine PAP smears and mammography services. Read more…

Averett
's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program has launched an exciting new multi-media campaign aimed at the working adult market. The campaign, proudly "starring" Averett's own GPS students, was created and produced in conjunction with Averett's new marketing partner, Synergis Education. Elements of the campaign include 11 new billboards, targeted direct mail and online banner ads, and a new 30-second TV commercial. Read more…

Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Discovery exhibits open from January 12 to August 25, 2013 at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. The special exhibits Dinosaurs and Dinosaur Discovery will feature spectacular dinosaur displays from VMNH, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Chamber Announces 2013 Officers, Directors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Announces-2013-Officers-Directors/
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Gretchen B. Clark, President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for 2013.  Clark has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2010 and has served as Chair-Elect this past year.

Clark has served as President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm that she co-founded in Gretna, since 2004.  Clark has a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.  A Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina, Clark is a member of Revitalization for a Greater Gretna, a member of the board of directors of the Danville Regional Foundation, and member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.

In addition to Clark, Eric Deaton was elected as chair-elect and Steven Kaylor was elected as vice chair.  Mark W. Foster was re-elected as treasurer and Charles R. Haynsworth, III will serve as immediate past chair.  Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Chamber, will serve as Secretary.

Deaton is the Chief Executive Officer of Danville Regional Medical Center, a position he has held since early 2010.  He has more than 25 years experience in healthcare management.  Deaton serves on the boards of the Danville Family YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Averett University, and the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. He was also recently appointed by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Virginia State Board of Health.

Kaylor has served as publisher of the Danville Register & Bee since 2006.  A member of the board of directors of United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, Kaylor is also a member of Riverview Rotary Club, Future of the Piedmont, the Boys & Girls Club, and the Virginia Press Association.

Foster is a CPA with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP.  He joined the firm in 1991 and was named a partner in 1999.  He is licensed in Virginia and North Carolina.  Foster is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the Virginia Society of CPAs, the Danville Golf Club, The German Club of Danville, and the Young Men’s Club.

Haynsworth is President of Office Plus Business Centre.                He serves on the boards of directors of The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Gateway Health Alliance.  He is the past president of Danville Rotary Club and is a past Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America.

2013 Board of Directors

The Chamber recently announced the results of its election for members of the Board of Directors.  The board serves as the governing body and sets policy for the organization.

The following members were elected to three-year terms on the Board, beginning January 1, 2013:  Gretchen B. Clark, President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.; Paul D. Erwin, DVM, of Chatham Animal Clinic; Mark W. Foster, CPA, Partner with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP; Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks, President of Averett University; and Dr. B. Carlyle Ramsey, President of Danville Community College.

Appointed to fill an unexpired term was John W. Daniel of Daniel Builders LLC.  Frank Fox of Frank Fox Consulting and Jerry Hankins of Virginia Bank & Trust were appointed to one-year terms.

In addition to the officers, the recently elected and appointed board members join the following members on the board whose terms have not expired:   Laura Adcock, Director of Sales and Marketing for Davenport Communications; Linda Lawrence Dalton, co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Company; Mark David, co-owner of Ben David Jewelers; Eva Doss, President/CEO of The Launch Place, formerly known as Southside Business Technology Center; Marilyn Hanover, Technical Manager for Sartomer USA, LLC; Steve Padgett, Dealer Principal for Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda; and Rachael A. Sanford, Attorney with Clement & Wheatley.

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<![CDATA[Member News January 2013]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-January-2013/
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American National Bankshares Inc., parent company of American National Bank and Trust Company, has announced executive changes following action taken by its Board of Directors. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Jeffrey V. Haley will succeed Charles H. Majors as Chief Executive Officer of the company. Haley will remain as President of the Company and as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank. Majors will serve as the full-time Executive Chairman of the Company and the Bank. In his expanded role, Haley will have overall executive responsibility for the Company and the Bank. Majors will chair both boards and focus on corporate aspects, including investor relations, risk management, strategic planning and growth opportunities. Read more…

Charles W. Snead, Jr., CPA, CGMA, managing director of Snead and Williams P.L.L.C., business advisors and certified public accountants, announces the admission of Deborah C. Lands, CPA, CLGFO and Michael A. Mayhew, CPA, as directors of the firm and the promotion of Daniel L. Lloyd, CPA to manager. Lands will serve as director of quality control for the accountancy and audit practice of the firm as well as continue to serve small to medium size businesses, not-for-profit organizations and local government units in the practice areas of auditing and accountancy. Mayhew will serve as a director of client services to small to medium size businesses, employee business plans, not-for-profit organizations, individuals, and partnerships in the areas of audit, accountancy, and taxation. Lloyd will have a direct role in managing the coordination of professional services offered by the firm in meeting the needs of the present and future clients in the areas of accountancy, auditing, and taxation.

Beginning in 2001, Virginia Business magazine has worked with the Virginia Society of CPAs to single out professionals in various accounting and taxation categories. The results of the most recent collaborated effort of these two organizations resulted in 8,088 electronic ballots received with 1,300 CPAs nominated.  The final outcome resulted in 325 individuals throughout Virginia being named as Super CPAs.  The local firm of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP is proud of the accomplishment of its partners and staff who were selected for this recognition. Read more…

nTelos Wireless
presented a nSpirit fundraising check for $1,960 to the Danville Professional Women’s Association. The donation was made Nov. 19 at the nTelos Wireless store located at 165 Holt Garrison Parkway. Read more…

Commonwealth Home Health Care
and Danville Regional Medical Center recently donated two automatic external defibrillators to God’s Pit Crew. Fire Safe, Inc. (a company of the Commonwealth Group) is providing free CPR training to the volunteers of God’s Pit Crew. Read more…

The shareholders of Clement & Wheatley announced the addition of Jennifer H. Burnett to their legal team. The Clarksville native will join the firm as Of Counsel and will focus primarily on business law, commercial transactions and commercial real estate.  She is licensed to practice in both Virginia and North Carolina. Read more…

Hargrave Military Academy
has recently been designated by the United State Military Academy at West Point as a USMA Civil Prep School. The designation places Hargrave on a very select list of Military Junior Colleges and preparatory schools approved by West Point — only the sixth school in the nation — to prepare future West Point applicants for admission to the Academy. Hargrave has long served this role for future West Point Cadet-Athletes. Read more…
     Hargrave Military Academy and Norwich University of Northfield, Vermont have formed an enrollment agreement to the benefit of both institutions and their students. The agreement sets performance standards for Hargrave graduates wishing to pursue higher education with Norwich. For Hargrave Cadets, it provides a clear path for success for achieving college acceptance with Norwich University. For Norwich, it provides the university a potential pool of qualified students/Cadets. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center
recently opened Family Healthcare Center in Mount Hermon. Hospital CEO Eric Deaton said the Mount Hermon location is the 12th stand-alone site DRMC has opened in recent years. Read more…

Roy Luebke recently joined Genedge Alliance as a growth consultant to be based from their headquarters in Martinsville. He will primarily provide Innovation and Strategic Growth consulting services to clients based in Central and Southwestern Virginia. Read more…

Danville Regional Foundation
announced that Gary Waldman will join its staff as chief financial officer. Waldman, who has lived in Danville since 1990, will be the lead person for all financial functions at DRF. Waldman has held senior financial positions for over twenty years, working in Danville for Dan River Inc., and most recently, U.S. Green Energy Corp. Read more…

PreServe Resources
, Danville’s new In-Town Recycling Center, is located at 901 Industrial Avenue, Danville. They want to buy your metals and computers and electronics scrap. Don’t wait in long lines; they will unload your stuff indoors out of the weather. Call 434-799-2830 for more information.

“Thirty-one Gives,” a philanthropic arm of “Thirty-one Gifts” teamed up with The Today Show Toy Drive and the Direct Selling Association to donate to charities around the country.  “Thirty-one Gives” donated 250,000 products to be distributed in all fifty states to various organizations and agencies.  The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area was one of only 74 charities nationwide to be a part of this initiative. Three state Thirty-one representatives came to the Foster Street Club and assisted in distribution of their products.  The youth had their choice of backpacks, cinch sacks, zipper bags and totes.  Kids from 5 to 18 were excited to pick a product as they lined up to see what Thirty-one had furnished.  They also provided cupcakes and chips for the kids that added to the excitement of the day and the festive atmosphere.

The new Sustainable Energy Research Center (SENTEC), which opened in May 2012 in Danville, Virginia, has been awarded a LEED-Gold certification for its sustainable design, construction, and building systems. The building was designed by Dewberry’s Danville office, along with Pergion Engineering and lab planning and sustainability consultant Lord, Aeck & Sargent.

EcomNets
has received a higher rating from the Software Engineering Institute that will allow it to compete for larger government contracts. In a news release, Raj Kosuri, the company’s CEO, said achieving the institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration for Development Level 3 rating during an appraisal earlier this month will expand the software solutions and services it provides to the military, government, commercial, education, health care and international markets. Read more…

Sam’s Club
is offering special incentives for new business members including a one-day pass with a 10% discount for non-members.  For a discount coupon and to read more…

Michael (Mike) L. Dance retired as Senior Vice President from American National Bank & Trust, effective December 31, 2012.  Dance joined the bank in 2001 and assumed the role of Senior vice President & Regional Executive for the Danville region in 2006.  Dance began his banking career with The First National Bank of Danville after graduating from Averett University with a degree in Business Management and worked for it and its successor banks until joining ANB. Dance is a former member of the Boards of Directors of both the Danville Area and Pittsylvania County Chambers of Commerce.  He has also served as chair of the Finance Committee for the Chamber.  Dance’s wife, Iris, has also retired as a teacher with the Pittsylvania County Schools.  Mike and Iris are committed to remaining active in the community and the Chamber as two of the Chamber’s newest members.

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members December 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members-December-2012/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

American Heart Association
Jane Albrecht
3140 Chaparral Drive
Building C, Suite 106
Roanoke, VA 24018
(540) 989-2810
Organizations

Comfort Cooling Heating & Air, LLC
Donald Fouts
220 Gilliland Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 251-3238
Contractors & Suppliers

Michael & Iris Dance
138 Conway Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 836-5145
Individuals

Hilliard Insurance Solutions
R. Dale Hilliard
480-B Piney Forest Road, Suite B
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 250-3527
Insurance

J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Fred Webb
223 Riverview Drive, Suite G
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 797-3330
Organizations

Red Lobster
Cheri Cullen
370 Mall Drive
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 793-9641
Restaurants

RiverWalk Equipment and Supply
Dana Young
314 Lynn Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 792-9255
Rentals – Equipment & Furniture 


Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between November 21, 2012 – December 21, 2012:

Alliance Human Services
American Forest Management
BigSky Rents and Events
Blue Ridge Beverage
Brenda Brokaw Interiors
Donald G. Cairns, DDS, PC
CED/All Phase Electric Supply Company
Chatham Cares/The Community Center at Chatham
Chris Daniel
Clear Pond Apartments
Danville Communications Center
Demont Design
The Hughes Center
Lynn Street Lofts
Bill McMann
Patsy’s Tours
San Marcos Mexican Restaurant
Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University
Stratford Healthcare Center
Todd Breaux State Farm and Financial Services
Unarco Industries
Walgreens
Wells Fargo
Westmoreland Schoolfield Senior Apartments
WWDN 104.5FM 1045TheDan.com and 1580AM/WMPW Country Legends 103.7 

 

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<![CDATA[Leadership Southside Graduates Newest Class]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Leadership-Southside-Graduates-Newest-Class/
   By H. Lynnette Lawson              (0) Comments

On Tuesday, December 18th, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce members and friends gathered at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research to hear the eighteenth class of Leadership Southside present its final project report and celebrate their graduation from the program. 

Leadership Southside has a rich history of providing current and future leaders with skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southern Virginia.  The program is designed to foster a commitment to community service and to develop leadership skills applicable to community service and the workplace.

Leadership Southside XVIII first met in September 2011 and continued meeting monthly for a course of study through May of 2012.  Beginning in June of 2012 the class began the project phase of the program.  Last night, Tuesday, December 18th, Leadership Southside XVIII presented their final project to the region.  The project chosen by this class is designed to promote community pride in our region.  To this end, the class unveiled the LoveSouthside.com website and campaign.  Through the project phase process of Leadership Southside, the class discovered a shared passion for enhancing community pride and a desire to change the negative attitudes and perceptions often encountered in the area.  The mission of LoveSouthside is that LoveSouthside will foster community pride by raising awareness of positive attributes of the Southside region.  The vision of LoveSouthside is that the Southside will be an informed community, displaying positive attitudes that define the region as a wonderful place to live, work, and play. 

A multimedia campaign was launched with the focus being the website LoveSouthside.com. The site has a simple design.  Every page of the site links to social media accounts and invites visitors to send feedback to the class via email.  There are nine main sections, each one focusing on a category of things to do in Southside.  Each section has a listing with a link to the appropriate website, phone number, or community calendar for the visitor or resident to learn more about what interests them on the site. The class was thankful to the Danville Regional Foundation for awarding them a Make it Happen Grant which allowed them to launch and advertise the website in various ways. 

Following their project presentation, Barry Richmond , Chair of the Leadership Southside Planning Committee and Laurie Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce led a graduation ceremony for the 16 graduates followed by a reception in their honor. 

Celebrating over 18 years of providing leadership development opportunities in Danville and Pittsylvania County, Leadership Southside is pleased to announce the graduation of its 2011-2012 class.  Congratulations to our graduates:

Amber Adkins, URW Community Federal Credit Union
Kelsey Bartley, Nestle
Jim Bushong, Supply Resources
Laura Daniel, Danville Community College
Kathy Emerson, J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Kate Farmer, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
Craig Fulcher, Danville Regional Medical Center
Ellen Hargis, URW Community Federal Credit Union
Nate Lewis, City of Danville Utilities
Lauren Mathena, Danville Orthopedic and Athletic Rehab
Linette Nuckols, formerly of American Red Cross
David Parrish, City of Danviulle
Jennifer Robinson, Averett University Library
Marietta Sanford, Averett University
Dana Silicki, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Jamye Wright, Danville Regional Medical Center

Congratulations to the Leadership Southside XVIII graduates!

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<![CDATA[Chamber Membership is Effective Business Strategy]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Membership-is-Effective-Business-Strategy/
   By Laurie Moran              (0) Comments

A national survey of 2,000 adults reveals that being active in a local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy because two-thirds of consumers believe that such companies use good business practices, are reputable, care about their customers, and are involved in the community.

The study, conducted by The Schapiro Group, an Atlanta-based strategic consulting firm, found consumer perceptions of chamber members to be positive in many ways:

·         When consumers know that a small business is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of it and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

·         If a company shows that it is highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., is a chamber board member), consumers are 10% more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.

·         When consumers know that a national restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.

·         When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 36% more likely to think favorably of the company.

"We believe this study underscores another benefit of belonging to your local Chamber and validates the efforts of our chamber, as well as chambers across the country," commented Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. 

Major Impact on Small Businesses

Small businesses represent the largest segment of most local chamber membership rolls, and the study indicates that chamber membership has consistent and powerful benefits for small business members—if consumers are aware that the small business is involved with its local chamber.

For example, if respondents know that a small business is a member of its local chamber, the business enjoys a 49% increase in its consumer favorability rating, a 73% increase in consumer awareness, a 68% increase in its local reputation, and an 80% increase in the likelihood that consumers will patronize the business in the future.

Most people know fairly well what their local chambers do; the study assessed the effect of this knowledge on perceptions of chamber members. The researchers said ”any belief about the chamber of commerce—whether that belief was true or not—could have a significant positive impact on how someone views a member… he or she is more likely to think that the [member] company’s products stack up well and have a favorable opinion toward the company.”

The key factor in developing and maintaining positive consumer perception of chamber members, the Schapiro Group said, was that “positive outcomes only occur when consumers know that a business is a chamber member (i.e., being involved in the chamber is a known facet of the company's reputation).”

Accordingly, when consumers know that a large business is a member of the chamber, they are likely to patronize the company more often, to express favorable opinions about the company, to know more about the company, and to buy the company's products. The strength and nature of these effects differ by industry:

Large Restaurant Chains

When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 15% more likely to report knowing a lot about the franchise, 58% more likely to eat at the franchise more often, 68% more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months, and 37% more likely to think favorably of the franchise. Among consumers who do not eat at the franchise so often, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 33% more likely to hold favorable opinions of the franchise. Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the franchise, those who are aware that the franchise is a member of the chamber are 65% more likely to eat there in the coming months.

Insurance Companies

When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 29% more likely to report knowing a lot about the company, 36% more likely to think favorably of the company, and 36% more likely to consider buying insurance from it. Among consumers who hold less favorable opinions of the insurance company, those who are aware that the company is a member of the chamber are 25% more likely to consider purchasing insurance from it. Among those who have not considered purchasing insurance there in the past, chamber membership increases that likelihood by 37%.

Automobile Manufacturers

When consumers know that an auto manufacturer is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 21% more likely to have a favorable opinion of that company and 31% more likely to consider purchasing their next car from that company. Among those who have ever considered buying a car from a particular auto manufacturer, chamber membership leads to a 44% increase in consumers’ likelihood of purchasing a car there in the future.

The study, commissioned by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), in cooperation with the Western Association of Chamber Executives, was sponsored by Insperity, a Houston-based company that provides human resources and other business services to more than 100,000 businesses nationwide. J. Mac Holladay, founder and CEO of Market Street Services, an economic development firm in Atlanta, was a key contributor of concepts used to develop the study.

The new study tracks similar data reported by The Schapiro Group in 2007. “Despite changes in markets and demographics, a nagging recession and the growing influence of the internet, the chamber brand today is stronger and more dynamic than ever,” said ACCE President Mick Fleming. “We’re proud that the numbers prove, once again, that engagement in a chamber means a positive perception of the business in the eyes of the buying public.”

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<![CDATA[550 Students Attend Career Day]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/550-Students-Attend-Career-Day/
   By H. Lynnette Lawson              (0) Comments

November 14, 2012 marked Career Day for close to 550 area high school juniors.  Held annually at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Career Day is a collaborative effort of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, Danville Public Schools, Pittsylvania County Public Schools, and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  Additional support was received from the JT Minnie Maude Foundation, DVF Foodservice, Inc., Office Plus Business Centre, Lawrence Distributing Company, and Danville Regional Medical Center.  This event was created for and attended by high school juniors from city and county schools.  It is designed to provide them an outstanding opportunity to learn first-hand what employers need and expect from their workforce. 

The program featured former SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Joel Erb whose  business career started at the age of 14 with a corded-phone, sales script and a trial version of the first Flash software. This was the beginning of INM United, an interactive agency that focuses on identifying ways that social trends, technology and business opportunities intersect. In 2009, Joel founded Spot Trot with three entertainment industry veterans. Spot Trot is a mobile entertainment company that directly connects artists and fans in an engaging environment. Spot Trot is proud to work with many leading entertainers including Dave Matthews Band, Tim McGraw, and O.A.R.   Joel has been recognized as a Rising Technology star by the Greater Richmond Technology Council, Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the SBA, Inc's 30 Under 30 and Virginia’s Top 40 Under 40.  Joel not shared some of his secrets for motivation and success not only in his keynote address but also in the student breakout sessions that followed it.    

Career Day is an outstanding opportunity for our young people to learn first-hand what employers need and expect from their workforce.  By removing these 550 students from their normal learning environments and exposing them to real world settings, the Chamber and their partners hope to impart concrete skills they may use as they leave high school and begin their paths as productive employees in our region.

The Chamber would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our sponsors, speakers, and volunteers.  This positive and successful event would not have been possible without their gracious donations.  We remain extremely grateful to them for all they do.  A special thank you goes out to all of our volunteer speakers for the breakout sessions:

Entrepreneurship  - Joel Erb
Automotive Engineering/Motorsports - Justin Beardsley – Steve Padgett and Ken Grammer - VIR
Administration of Justice - Timothy Scearce – Danville Police Department and Jim Daniel – Daniel, Medley, and Kirby
Customer Service - Sandie Currie and Food and Beverage Manager – VIR
Health – Dental  - Danville Dental Associates
Marketing and Sales - Roxanne Clark – WAKG/WBTM and David Satterfield – State Farm Insurance
Advanced Manufacturing and Automation - Ethan Brown – Sartomer, Steven Spreha – Shorewood Packaging, and Jerry Franklin - DCC
Building Trades  - Bobby Adkins – Blair Construction and Mike Huggins – Dewberry
Presenting Yourself in the Workplace - Julie Brown – Wright Path, Petrina Carter – Averett, and Rachel Covington – DRF
Health – Medical and Administrative Felicia McBride and Kevin Murray – DRMC and Lauren Mathena and Eric Lackey - DOAR
Skilled Craftsman - Keith Harkin and Lance  McClure – Virginia Technical Institute
Entrepreneurship - Joel Erb, Keynote Speaker
Veterinary Science - Jeff Smith and Jade Fowler – Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic
Education - Sherri Huffman – DCC and Lillian Holland - PCS
Human Services - Amanda Oakes – DPCS, LaShawn Farmer – PCCA, and Tanya Fowler – ARC
Engineering - Tim Reynolds – Reynolds Clark and Philip Kauneckas –Intertape
Scientific Research and Laboratory Technicians - Barry Flinn – IALR
Information Technology - Jason Moore – IALR and Jason Grey – City, Broadband

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<![CDATA[Member News December 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-December-2012/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

The Arc of Southside will hold its Holiday Bazaar and Surplus Sale on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 8:00 a.m.—2 p.m. at 7180 US Hwy 29 N, Blairs, rain or shine. The Bazaar will include holiday and non-holiday items that include dog beds, sock monkeys, quilts, blankets, pillows, Christmas tree skirts and many more items all hand-made by employees from the Hatcher Employment Program.  The Surplus Sale will have various items for sale that include:  household items, milk glass, glassware, chefs coats, dishes, bookshelves, desks, electronics and more!  Santa will be on site to visit with children and all ages!  Onsite Childcare will be available so you can take your time and enjoy shopping while your children enjoy arts and crafts with the Licensed Teaching staff from the White Oak School Program. For more information, contact Tonya Fowler 434-836-3272 OR 434-728-0588.

The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) recently recognized W. Eugene Hayes, CIC of Bankers Insurance/Carter Bank & Trust, with a certificate honoring his 30 years of faithful participation in advanced education. Making CIC history by being among the first group of CIC’s to reach this 30-year milestone, Gene earned the designation through a series of examinations and has maintained his CIC designation by annual attendance at an approved CIC continuing education program. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors also recently honored Robert Jones of Bankers Insurance/Carter Bank & Trust in Danville for dedication and leadership in the industry. Jones was awarded a certificate of achievement recognizing five consecutive years of active affiliation with the society.

Robert H. Whitt Jr., Attorney-at-Law, has been appointed commissioner of accounts for the Circuit Court of the City of Danville effective Nov. 1. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has hired materials scientist Maria Baboi, Ph.D., as director of the Dan River Polymers and Composites Center. Read more…

Hallmark Home Health Care has been named a 2012 HHCAHPS (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) Honors recipient, a prestigious award recognizing home health agencies that provide the best patient experience. Read more…

The Virginia Museum of Natural History has received the 2012 SWaM Achievement Award for its outstanding efforts in supporting minority-owned businesses throughout the Commonwealth.  The award, part of the Governor's 2012 Supplier Diversity Awards, recognizes state entities that have improved SWaM performance or have the highest percentage of SWaM expenditures over the most recently completed fiscal year based on agency size and total discretionary expenditures. The Small, Women-owned, and Minority-owned Business (SWaM) certification program is a state program of the Commonwealth of Virginia designed to enhance procurement opportunities for SWaM businesses participating in state-funded projects.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region featured stories of impact by donors and grant recipients at its Appreciation Luncheon held in November at the Danville Golf Club. Nearly 200 supporters heard from speakers representing three areas of The Community Foundation’s work – Give, Receive and Impact. Read more…

The Willard Companies is pleased to announce its annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Open House event at Westlake Towne Center on Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Several holiday festivities are planned including four live concerts, horse and carriage rides, free pictures with Santa, and awarding a $1,000 shopping spree.

For the third consecutive year, the City of Danville ranks in a national survey as one of the top cities in the nation for use of technology in municipal government. Danville placed fourth among cities with a population of greater than 30,000 and less than 75,000. The survey focused on the use of technology by cities to create cost savings and to meet higher demand for services. Read more…

Clement & Wheatley announced the promotion of Amanda M. Morgan from associate to Of Counsel status. The Halifax resident primarily focuses on civil litigation, personal injury, employment law, local government law, real estate and commercial transactions. Read more…

Clement & Wheatley announces the addition of a new associate, Julia T. Gravely, to the firm. The Martinsville native’s law practice will focus primarily on wills, trusts, estate planning and administration, small business, business law, internet law, and intellectual property. Read more…

Danville Science Center personnel and community leaders broke ground for the Digital Dome Theater that will combine high-definition video, color star projection and digital surround sound, according to a news release. The theater is planned to completed next year. Read more…

MedExpress held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for its new office on Executive Drive promising a faster, more convenient form of urgent care. Read more…

The Town of Gretna welcomed McDonald’s of Gretna with a ribbon-cutting ceremony through the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Read more… 

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<![CDATA[Renewing Members November 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Renewing-Members-November-2012/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 25, 2012 – November 20, 2012: 

  • Ashley Furniture Home Store
  • Barber Automotive & Truck Center
  • John Collins
  • Daniel Builders LLC
  • Danville Public Library
  • Patricia Duprey, MD
  • Family Eyecare Center
  • Gretna Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Gretna Theatre
  • Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
  • John Holt & Co. Chimney Service Inc.
  • Liberty Homecare & Hospice
  • Delegate Danny Marshall’s Office
  • Moore Insurance Agency of Virginia
  • Donald Nodtvedt
  • Piedmont Access to Health Services
  • Piedmont Shopper/ClassCandy
  • Piggly Wiggly of Danville
  • Riverside BP
  • Riverside Lanes
  • Thunder Road Harley-Davidson
  • Unilin – Columbia Flooring
  • Verizon Wireless Zone
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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members October 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members-October-2012/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

MedExpress Urgent Care
Rhiannon Giunta
133 Enterprise Drive
Danville, VA 24540
(304) 282-1579
Physicians & Surgeons

Meridian Associates, Inc.
David Collie
1315 Freeway Drive
Reidsville, NC 27320
(336) 496-3038
Engineers/Architects/Surveyors

Noblis
Will Mitchell
527 Bridge Street, Suite C
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 549-8700
Business & Management - Development & Consultants

Security Zone
Mark Matherly
363 Central Blvd.
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 793-9554
Services

Unique Industries
Bill Davis
225 Toy Lane
Blairs, VA 24527
(434) 835-0068 
Distribution and Warehouses

Verizon Wireless
Debi Newell
1330 Plantation Road
Roanoke, VA 24012
(540) 520-0000
Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between September 27, 2012 – October 24, 2012:

  • Shahnaz M. Ahmed
  • Best Western Windsor Inn and Suites
  • Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs
  • Compton & Nichols Inc, C&N Storage
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Crosscountry Mortgage, Inc.
  • Dameron Plumbing & Heating
  • Danville Regional Foundation
  • Elliott Electric
  • Global Food Connection, Inc.
  • Home Recovery HomeAid
  • Lawson-Overbey Inn
  • C. Edward Neal
  • Orkin Pest Control
  • Paradise Lake & Campground
  • Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
  • Sam’s Club
  • Shanks Associates
  • Smith Funeral Services
  • State Farm Insurance - David Satterfild, Agent
  • Tune & Toler, Inc.
  • Williams Transportation and Storage, Inc.
  • Winstead Insurance
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<![CDATA[Member News November 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-November-2012/
   By Donna Ashworth              (0) Comments

Danville Community College’s President Carlyle Ramsey recently announced he will retire in 2013.  Ramsey’s retirement coincides with the college’s announcement that the school has reached its capital campaign goal of over $7 million. Read more…

Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc. announces the retirement of its Executive Director Sherman M. Saunders.  A reception and dinner commemorating Saunders’ 43 years of service and dedication will be held on Saturday, November 10, from 5:30 – 9:00 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research located at 150 Slayton Avenue, Danville. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets will only be sold in advance. To order your ticket, contact Berdnett Witcher at 434-432-5627 by October 31.

Glenn Pulley, a member and president of the Danville-based law firm Clement & Wheatley, was recently named Chairman of the Virginia State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Read more…

The Historic North Theatre is happy to have Danville’s classic rock radio station, 1045 The Dan, present THE RETURN-The Beatles Tribute Band at the theatre, 629 N. Main Street, Danville, on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m.  This one night only show will benefit the Danville Salvation Army.  Attendees are asked to bring a can good to benefit the Salvation Army Holiday Food Drive.  Tickets have been specially discounted to $25, $20, $15, and $10.  They are available by calling the theatre box office at 434-793-SHOW (7469) or online at www.TheNorthTheatre.com. Read more…

At a gala event held at Averett University's E. Stuart James Grant Convocation and Athletic Center, school leaders announced that Averett is embarking on the first comprehensive Capital Campaign in its 153-year history with a goal of $25 million. The university has received over $19 million in contributions and pledges during the "first phase" of its campaign. Read more…

National Tire Research Center showcased a new tire testing machine at the Virginia International Raceway complex touted to revolutionize the industry. Made in Minneapolis by MTS Systems Corporation, the “Flat-Trac LTRe” can run a tire up to 200 miles per hour. It can provide data on handling, ride, torque and braking capabilities on various surfaces, even wet road conditions. It is built to handle tires for cars and light trucks. Connie Nyholm, co-owner of VIR, says motorsports teams are excited about the possibilities for the new machine at the NTRC. Read more…

DanChem Technologies, a custom chemical manufacturer that makes a variety of products, including dental adhesives, animal feed additives and specialty polymers, will celebrate the opening of its Advanced Technology Center. The new building, a 5,000-square foot facility on DanChem’s 55-acre campus, has three physically-separated suites. The suites allow the company to do two things: Create more small and mid-size batches of its products, and keep their customers’ secrets.  Read more…

Broadband Communities Magazine has chosen Danville as the site for its first Economic Development Conference Series, Community Fiber Networks. This is the first conference of its kind in the country — an event devoted entirely to the relationship between a community’s economic vitality and the presence of advanced broadband networks. The magazine chose Danville as the Comeback City because of its efforts toward bouncing back from devastation with a visionary broadband strategy that is creating jobs and attracting the businesses and industries of tomorrow. Read more…

Scores of pet owners and their fluffy friends came out to help the Animal Medical Center of Danville celebrate the grand opening of its new Barking Lot, a doggie daycare and boarding service. Read more…

Sandra T. Chinn-Gilstrap, known for her trial practice and advocacy of family and domestic-law clients as well as mental health patients, has joined the Danville office of Woods Rogers PLC. Read more…

Hargrave Military Academy has named John Smith as the new Chief Development Officer. Smith has a strong background in military, education and fundraising. These collective experiences place him in a great position to serve the Cadets and support the entire Hargrave family. Read more…

nTelos Wireless recently announced that it has activated two new cell sites that will enhance coverage in Pittsylvania County. Read more…

Commonwealth Document Management
, a company of the Commonwealth Group, recently earned AAA Certification Status with the National Association for Information Destruction for mobile shredding and hard drive destruction services. Read more…

Congressman Robert Hurt recently presented the Longwood University SBDC Small Business of the Year Award to one small business owner in each of Longwood’s five office regions. For the Danville region, the award recipient was Dr. Jeff Smith and Mount Hermon Animal Clinic. Dr. Smith started the Veterinary Emergency Treatment Fund in 2011 to help those that need financial assistance with veterinary bills for an illness or injury to a pet. He and his staff also participate in career days at local schools and offer student shadowing programs and volunteer programs. Read more…

Ryan Barber has been named deputy director of the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville.  As the state museum of natural history for the Commonwealth, VMNH has award-winning programs in scientific research and collections, state-wide education programs, and exhibits both at the museum and at sites throughout the region. Read more…

The City of Danville Economic Development Office recently announced the grand opening of The Attic Hound in the River District.  The Attic Hound is a retail and consignment store that sells antiques, refurbished and repurposed furniture, and a variety of gift items. Read more…   Also, the Economic Development Office announced that Norhurst Inc. has purchased the former Dan River Executive Campus at 2291 Memorial Drive in Danville to expand its operations and relocate several key positions from Northern Virginia. Read more…

Averett University's theatre and music departments will "give 'em an act with lots of flash in it and the reaction will be passionate" as they "Razzle Dazzle" the region with its performance of "Chicago" Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. Read more…

Hospice Support Services has dissolved and transferred its assets to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. The new Hospice Support Services Fund will make grants to area nonprofit agencies to provide assistance with expenses not covered by insurance to Danville-Pittsylvania residents who have elected hospice benefit.  Read more…  

Team Nurse Gretna located at 1372 W. Gretna Road, Gretna, will host a blood drive on Friday, November 2, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call (434) 656-6000 or go to www.RedCrossBlood.org to make your appointment to save a life TODAY.

Blackwell Automotive owner and dealer Torrey Blackwell and sales Manager John Thurman presented a $2,360 donation to Tunstall High School. Blackwell worked with Tunstall High School’s Booster Club to host a Dodge test-drive fundraiser. Dodge brand donated $20 to the Booster Club for every test drive.

The University of Virginia’s Weldon-Cooper Center for Public Service is conducting a study of the economic impact of agriculture in the Dan River Region. The Danville Regional Foundation has provided a $25,000 grant for the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation to pay for the study.  Read more…

The 26th Annual Louie Fields 5K Race and All you can eat Pancakes will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Free Breakfast and T-Shirt to all Racers! All proceeds go towards YMCA Youth Scholarship fund. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Uranium Forum Set for October 2]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Uranium-Forum-Set-for-October-2/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership are proud to co-sponsor an informational forum on uranium mining in Virginia on October 2 at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville).

 

The forum will feature four panelists, two each on either side of uranium mining issues, and will be free and open to the public from 7 to 8:30 p.m. that Tuesday evening.

 

Panelists will include Patrick M. Wales, project manager of Virginia Uranium Inc.; Stephen S. Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis in George Mason University's School of Public Policy; Jay Poole, spokesman for the Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia; and Bob Burnley, an adviser to the Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia.

Moderator of the forum will be Bob Gibson, executive director of the Sorensen Institute and a 34-year veteran political writer from Charlottesville.

 

The forum will also be streamed live via the Chamber's website (www.dpchamber.org) on the evening of October 2nd and will be available after the event by going to the Chamber's website under "News & Events."

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - September 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---September-2012/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Blue Ridge Fiberboard
Mark Custer
250 Celotex Drive
Danville, VA 24541
434- 797-1321
Building Materials

Excelen Performance, Inc.
Kristina Barkhouser
3604 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
434-797-6770
Business & Management - Development & Consultants

Piedmont Labs
Jake Patterson
115 Mall Drive
Danville, VA 24540
434-792-5227
Laboratories

Preserve Resources
Charlie Wright
901 Industrial Avenue
Danville, VA 24541
434-799-2830
Recycling


Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between August 31, 2012 – September 26, 2012:
 

  • A Nurse's Touch Home Care
  • Advanced Home Care
  • Altavista Vineyards
  • American Red Cross,  Roanoke Valley Chapter - Danville Office
  • Bassett Office Supply
  • Benton-Thomas Office Products
  • Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area
  • Chatham Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Clerk of Circuit Court Danville, Virginia
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Commonwealth Pharmacy
  • Computer Clinic Inc.
  • Curves
  • Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities
  • Don's Auto Recycling
  • Fall Creek Farm Bed and Breakfast
  • Fraternal Order of Eagles Piedmont Aerie 4420
  • G & W Associates
  • Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Reynolds,  P.C.
  • GENEDGE ALLIANCE - Headquarters
  • Gretna Little Theatre, Inc.
  • HD Web Studio
  • Home Oxygen & Medical Equip Co.
  • Maurakis Appraisal Services, Inc.
  • Pittsylvania County Sheriff Department/Jail
  • Precision Electronic Services, Inc.
  • Prescott Financial Management
  • Rocky Womack Communications
  • SleepyGoat Cheese
  • Southside Business Technology Center
  • Swedwood Danville LLC
  • The Stone Shoppe, Inc.
  • Tightsqueeze Hardware
  • Wayne Wilson & Company
  • Williamsburg Village Apartments
  • Your Stuff & Kids Stuff
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<![CDATA[October Member News]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/October-Member-News/
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The City of Danville Economic Development Office and Pittsylvania County Economic Development Office recently announced that three hundred new manufacturing jobs are coming to the Danville area. GOK International, a Chinese furniture assembler, plans to locate its sales and headquarters office in the Old Belt No. 1 building on Bridge Street in Danville, while the company’s assembly and showcase operations will be in a new 40,000-square-foot shell building at Cane Creek Centre in Ringgold. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center announced plans for a second Emergency Department in Danville — a free-standing facility that will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and designed to treat people with all types of ailments and medical needs. It will be located at 125 Executive Drive in the building currently occupied by Danville Orthopedic & Physical Therapy Clinic, which will be moving to the River District. Read more…

The Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center is bringing a cookie (and business) master to Danville. Danville Community College will welcome Wally Amos, founder of the famous Amos Cookie Co., at 11 a.m. on October 11 in DCC’s Oliver Hall Auditorium. Read more… Following Amos’s talk, Danville community College will induct five entrepreneurs into their Small Business Hall of Fame. Read more…

Intertape Polymer Group’s Danville plant is celebrating its 25th anniversary of manufacturing operations in Danville. Beginning in 1987 with a base of only 50 employees in an 80,000 square foot facility, Intertape today employs nearly 300 people and has facilities encompassing more than 500,000 square feet including a regional distribution center, according to a company news release. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has named local business leader and entrepreneur Michael J. Duncan as deputy director, a newly created position. Duncan will manage day-to-day operations and report to Executive Director Liam Leightley, who remains in the leadership position he has held at the Institute since October 2008. Read more…

Learning how to change negative attitudes into positive ones is the theme of the Danville Regional Foundation’s community-wide reading initiative this year. The book chosen is “Redirect: the Surprising New Science of Psychological Change,” by Tim Wilson, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia. Read more…

Checkered Pig's ribs were ranked fifth place out of 24 teams in the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off that was held in Sparks, Nevada. The trophy now joins many others at the restaurant, boasting years of barbecuing glory. Read more…

Averett University moved up seven spots in the college rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, according to a news release from Averett. In the 2013 edition of Best Colleges, Averett ranked 27th among Regional Colleges (South), up from the 34th spot last year. Averett is the highest ranked Virginia school among the 79 top tier schools listed as Regional Colleges. According to the magazine, schools in this category “are focused almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts.”

Hundreds of people in the Dan River Region took part in a video mash-up of “Call Me, Maybe” for Get Fit Dan River Region last month. The video, a rendition of the Carly Rae Jepsen hit, was to promote a healthy lifestyle in an area with high obesity rates. At the national conference for community medical centers, Caswell Family Medical Center submitted the video in a competition for promotional videos. Stephanie Ferrugia, the Get Fit program director who organized the video, said she think theirs had an edge because it was fun, comical and trendy. Read more…

Danville Utilities has announced the appointment of its new director, Steve Saum of Richmond, Ind. Saum was selected after a nationwide search and will begin his new post October 1.  Read more…

Danville Outback Steakhouse would like to welcome the new proprietor, Jason Jones. Please stop by and welcome Jason to the community. Also, Outback would like to wish Jimmy Russell the best on his new adventure.

Providing youth with opportunities to continue to learn and engage in meaningful activities at the end of the school day can boost their academic success. To help motivate and inspire kids to learn, the Danville Family YMCA is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children throughout Danville/Pittsylvania County. The Y’s afterschool program combines academics with play and offers a caring and safe environment for youth who would otherwise be left unsupervised.

Karen’s Hallmark, one of the first stores in Piedmont Mall when it opened in 1984, is celebrating 28 years in business and is still going strong. Although at first glance it seems to be only a small shop, Karen’s Hallmark has become a major behind-the-scenes advocate for the community. Karen Johnston, who owns the shop, said she feels very fortunate to have such loyal customers that come to buy cards, Christmas ornaments, souvenirs, and gifts. Read more…

People tuning into the radio station 103.7 FM are no longer hearing the latest pop hits. Lakes Media LLC, which owns the station, has launched Country Legends 103.7 to now play classic country music. “We found young people are spending more time online than listening to the radio,” said Lakes Media President Tom Birch. The move for Amp 103.7 to the digital world opened up the radio station in a place where Country music is king. Read more…

Belk invites schools and other nonprofit organizations in the company’s 16-state market area to participate in its semi-annual Belk Charity Sale from 6 to 10 a.m. Nov. 3. The four-hour, in-store shopping event offers a fundraising tool for participating organizations and an opportunity for customers to support local charities while taking advantage of special discounts on purchases during the event. Belk Charity Sale tickets are available now to participating nonprofit organizations for sale in advance of the event. Read more…

nTelos Wireless announced recently that it has activated a new cell site that will enhance coverage in eastern Danville. The site marks the third network enhancement since the company activated new sites in Southwest Danville and Northeast Danville in June and July. The three new cell sites will provide broader and improved coverage throughout the Danville area, especially in areas along U.S. 29 Business (Piney Forest Road) and U.S. 58. Read more…

Growing enrollment at a private liberal arts university during tough economic times is a challenge.  Averett University has met the challenge for the third consecutive year, adding 360 new students this fall. This growth puts total enrollment for the traditional program at nearly 1,000 students – the largest total enrollment the University has had since 2000. Read more…

EcomNets has successfully completed its examination in conformity with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements. This critical review and examination has led EcomNets to achieve Type II certification for its datacenter, according to a news release.  The audit examines the effectiveness of internal controls supporting EcomNets datacenter services. Read more…

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced that its Child Development Center has earned a four-star rating from the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation’s Star Quality Initiative Rating program. DRMC’s Child Development Center is the only facility in Danville – and one of few in the State of Virginia – to earn this four-star rating. Read more…

Danville Community College doubled its scholarships this year to more than $700,000 — a colossal number for the local community college. The number of students receiving awards went from 175 to around 300. This is the largest scholarship amount in the past 12 years that they have had the ceremony. Read more…

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville has increased its staff over the past few weeks, hiring or promoting 15 full and part time employees. The moves come as the result of filling vacant positions, research grants, and budget efficiencies. Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center has been recognized for continued support of employee education by being named a Distinguished Community Employer by the Danville Campus of National College. Danville Regional Medical Center is the second largest employer in Danville and has hired a number of National College graduates, while also providing externships and clinical opportunities for students to get hands-on experience during their training, according to a National College news release. Currently, 18 National College graduates are employed by DRMC in a variety of positions, from the pharmacy to surgical and administrative areas. “National College students are enhancing their skills to enter in the workforce and fill jobs that are in high demand in their local communities,” stated the release. “Support from area employers like Danville Regional Medical Center is crucial in helping students achieve their career goals.”

Karen T. White, a native of Danville, has been appointed Carter Bank & Trust branch manager of the Gardens Boulevard and Ivy Road offices in Charlottesville. White previously held the positions of branch manager, loan processor, and customer service representative in the bank’s Downtown Danville office. Read more…

David J. Jones of Bracey was recently elected by fellow board members to serve as chairman of the board for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative following the retirement of Robert W. (Bobby) Conner.  Jones has served on the MEC board over 30 years and is also a member on the board of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), the power supplier for MEC and 10 other electric cooperatives. Read more…

American Medical Technologists, a certification and membership organization for allied health professionals, recently recognized National College’s medical assisting program for its commitment to professional advancement. In a certificate delivered to the Danville Campus in August, AMT commended the college for preparing medical assisting students for the Registered Medical Assistant exam. The exam is a professional certification that helps medical assistants validate their education and experience as they enter the workforce. Read more…

Those who have been avoiding the Robertson Bridge during the two-year replacement project can now return to the using the much-widened bridge. City of Danville officials recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the bridge. Mayor Sherman Saunders called the new bridge a “sign of progress in the city,” and an improvement over the former two-lane bridge, which was frequently congested. Read more…

Chatmoss Cablevision and Danville Fraternal Order of Police will present the 7th Annual Law Enforcement Softball Tournament on Saturday October 6th - Starting at 10 am at the Dan Daniel Park, Goodyear Softball Field. Teams playing will be Danville Police Dept., Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office, and Danville Sheriff's Office. Admission is $ 2.00/person plus they ask that you bring a new toy to benefit the Danville Social Services Child Welfare Fund. The toys will be given to Children in foster care at Christmas. Concessions will be available. Proceeds from the game will go to DARE in Pittsylvania County and the Boys and Girls Club in Danville and Danville Fraternal Order of Police.

SleepyGoat Farm presents a Farm to Fork Dinner featuring Lucindy Willis, Chef Emeritus of The Yancey House Restaurant on Friday, October 5 starting at 6:00 p.m.. The cost is $40/person or $45/person with wine. Reservations are required by calling 336-388-5388 or emailing sleepygoatfarm@gmail.com.   SleepyGoat Farm is located at 7215 Allison Road, Pelham, NC. Visit www.sleepygoatfarm.com for more information.

Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced the appointment of Dr. Tiffany McKillip Franks, President of Averett University and re-appointment of Wayne C. Smith, Vice President, Technology and Commercial Development for DanChem Technologies to the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Trustees.

Virginia residents who have an associate or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university now have an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and Master of Business Administration degree online through National College. Read more…

Hargrave Military Academy’s Distinguished Speaker Series will feature the Administrator of NASA, retired Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr. Bolden will be on campus at 11 a.m. on October 19 in the academy’s Cheatham Chapel. Bolden is the current and 12th administrator of the U.S. space agency. He has served in this position since July 17, 2009. Read more…

Averett University has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Toby Smith, an internationally renowned sports journalist, for an intensive week-long visit Sept. 30-Oct. 5. Smith will conduct classes, seminars, workshops and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge of journalism and sports writing. Read more…

Mackenzie Osadchuk has been selected as the Danville Office of Economic Development’s marketing and research manager. Osadchuk comes to Danville from Pierre, S.D., and the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR). Read more…

David Divine, physical therapist with Abercrombie Physical Therapy, has recently earned his Level 1 certification with Titleist Performance Institute. Divine has a special interest in working with golfers, both for performance enhancement and injury prevention, as well as physical therapy patients, according to a news release. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Programs Allows Students to Explore Career Options]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Programs-Allows-Students-to-Explore-Career-Options/
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     The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the school systems, and other educational partners in our region is finalizing plans for its annual Career Day November 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research.  Designed to present high school juniors in Danville and Pittsylvania County with information and skills which will enable them to succeed in their selected career path, Career Day will see approximately 600 students in attendance.
     During the day, students will hear from a motivational, entrepreneurial speaker.   Following the keynote speech, students will attend breakout sessions led by area business leaders and focusing on 20 “demand occupations” in our region.  Sessions will be held on:

~Entrepreneurship
~Automotive Engineering/Motorsports
~Administration of Justice
~Customer Service
~Administrative Support Services
~Health – Dental
~Marketing and Sales
~Advanced Manufacturing and Automation
~Building Trades
~Presenting Yourself in the Workplace
~Health – Medical, Pharmaceutical, and Administrative
~Skilled Craftsman
~Veterinary Science
~Education
~Human Services
~Engineering
~Scientific Research and Laboratory Technicians
~Information Technology

     Career Day is an outstanding opportunity for our young people to learn first-hand what employers need and expect from their workforce.  By removing these 600 students from their normal learning environments and exposing them to real world settings, the Chamber and their partners hope to impart concrete skills they may use as they leave high school and begin their paths as productive employees in our region.  If you currently work in one of the fields listed above and would like to speak at Career Day, please contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information.
     Career Day is a program of the Danville Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce’s Education Committee and receives funding from the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust and other sponsors.

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<![CDATA[Junior Leadership Southside Class Announced for 2012-13]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Junior-Leadership-Southside-Class-Announced-for-2012-13/
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     Created as the class project of Leadership Southside XIV, Junior Leadership Southside IV began its program year in September 2012 with an Opening Orientation.
     Junior Leadership Southside is an eight month program providing leadership orientation and development to local high school juniors and seniors.  The program includes monthly sessions ranging from three to five hours in length and held on school holidays, after school, and on Saturdays.  An orientation and opening reception will be held on September 24th 2012.  Programs will begin in October and the class will conclude with a graduation ceremony to be held in April 2013.  Monthly sessions will include speakers and panelists providing a holistic approach to leadership orientation and development.  Sessions will be held at local business venues and institutions of higher learning.  The fourth Junior Leadership Southside class will consist of 19 rising Juniors and Seniors in the City of Danville and Pittsylvania County. 
     Congratulations to the members of Junior Leadership Southside IV:

Rosie Anderson – Galileo High School

Key Blackwell – George Washington High School

Erica Dixon – Galileo High School

Nichelle Foisy – Galileo High School

Drew Gunnell – Dan River High School

Erin Gusler – Dan River High School

Todd Hobza – George Washington High School

Elizabeth Holland – George Washington High School

Kim Johnson - George Washington High School

Lexus Khan – Tunstall High School

Erin Marshall – Tunstall High School

Addie Leigh Milam – George Washington High School

Natalie Petrovich – Westover Christian Academy

Nick Pradhan - Galileo High School

Daniel Reddy – Galileo High School

Brianna Spitler – George Washington High School

Lucero Vasquez – George Washington High School

KJ Womack – George Washington High School

Jess Yarbrough - Galileo High School

Junior Leadership Southside is sponsored by the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, URW Community Federal Credit Union, and Excelen Performance.  Sponsorship and Program Information is available on the Chamber’s website (www.dpchamber.org) or by contacting the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[Leadership Southside Names 2012-2013 Class]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Leadership-Southside-Names-2012-2013-Class/
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     Celebrating 19 years of providing leadership development in the Dan River Region, Leadership Southside is pleased to announce the selection of its 2012-2013 class.
     Leadership Southside is an interactive, informative program which offers current and future leaders skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia.
     The program is designed to foster a commitment to community service and to develop leadership skills applicable to community service and the workplace.
     Leadership Southside is an eight-month program running from October through May.  The first program meeting will be a retreat at Smith Mountain Lake followed by monthly sessions that address leadership and community issues.  The class will graduate following the May program meeting. 
     The following candidates will be participating in the 2012-2013 program of Leadership Southside:

  • Nate Cook, United Way of Danville and Pittsylvania County
  • Rachel Covington, Danville Regional Foundation
  • Kedong Da, Dan River Plant Propagation Center at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • Traci Daniel, Danville Community College
  • Justin Davis, URW Community Federal Credit Union
  • Lisa Marie DiLuigi, Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Thomas Doss, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Marsha Foster, Averett University
  • Blair Lumpkins, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
  • Scott Oaks, Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Trina Pratt, Boys and Girls Clubs of Danville
  • Katie Rohrig, Mount Hermon Animal Clinic
  • Beverly Shelton, URW Community Federal Credit Union

      Leadership Southside began the year with an orientation on September 11th at the Blairs Office of the Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about the Leadership Southside program, please contact Lynnette Lawson with the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce at 434. 836.6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Awards Over $100,000 in Education Grants]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Awards-Over-100000-in-Education-Grants/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce continues to support education as a cornerstone to the economic success and vitality of the Dan River region with its annual education grant program for Pre-K through 12th grade educators.

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s plant manager Ed Steffey saw classroom needs were not being met through traditional funding sources. Steffey partnered with the Chamber and started a golf tournament from which proceeds were earmarked for the teacher grant initiative.  The 22nd annual Ed Steffey Education Open Golf Tournament will be hosted on September 28th at the Goodyear Golf Course. If you are interested in participating in or sponsoring this tournament, please contact the Chamber at (434) 836-6990. Proceeds from the Goodyear Education 5K race also go toward the program which encourages innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills.  “By hosting two fundraising events, Goodyear continues to help support the financial needs within our educational system that are not being met through traditional funding methods,” says Goodyear-Danville Plant Manager Tim Noe.

For the past two years, the Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has provided substantial additional funds making it possible to distribute a higher quantity of grants and also fund larger projects.  “We want to encourage teachers to think out of the box and bring creative education programs into their classrooms,” said Karl Stauber, DRF President and CEO. “We believe that these investments in education will promote creativity, reward more teachers, and help strengthen the Dan River Region’s economic position.”  The additional funding has also allowed the program to be expanded to include educators in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Teachers representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, or division wide team submitted grant applications.  There were no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards.  Teachers and administrators were encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee for review.

The Chamber’s Education Grant Selection Committee has awarded over $100,000 to this year’s round of applicants.

The Chamber, Goodyear, and Danville Regional Foundation congratulate the following recipients of the grant program:

“An Ocean in your Classroom”
Melissa Stallings, Rachel Terry, Laura Snead
Southside Elementary Middle School

“iPad – An Incredible Path to Academic Discovery”
Melissa Stallings, Rachel Terry, Deborah Buckner, Elizabeth Turpin, Megan Lakey
Southside Elementary School

“Strengthening Reading for the Future”
Nancy Ezell, Laura Snead
Southside Elementary School

“The Construction of an All Electric Vehicle”
Andrew Nordon, Herb Hardy, Mark Chandler, Eric Mustain
Pittsylvania Career and Technical Center

“CHS FIRST Robotics Team #1095”
Stephanie O’Brien, Adam Propst, Joe Olp, Tom Wade
Chatham High School

“Technology in the Art Classroom”
Wanda Evans, Rosanne Lloyd
Tunstall High School

“HoverCam T3 Document Camera”
Paula Faison, Beth Putnam, Sonja Scott
Gretna Elementary School

“Alternative Energy Sources”
Jason Gibson, Lisa Fain
Galileo High School

“FIRST Robotics”
Daniel Waters
George Washington High School and Galileo High School

“Practical Applications in Engineering”
Gregg Mason, George Peterson, Don Harmon, God’s Pit Crew
George Washington High School

“Team Talon’s FIRST Robotics Summer Camp”
Daniel Waters, John Henderson, Gregg Mason, Arnold Woody
George Washington High School and Westwood Middle School

“Utilizing Technology in the Classroom”
Stephanie Haynsworth, Kelly Jordan
Glenwood Elementary School

“Community Awareness”
Tia Hairston
Westwood Middle School

“Walk Like an Egyptian”
Cynthia Daniel, Christle Fallen, Allison Mann
Glenwood Elementary School

“Keeping Green”
Ramona Booker, Rhonda Harris, Danville Master Gardeners
Glenwood Elementary School

“Reluctant Third Grade Readers Using iPads in the Classroom”
Joylett Perry, Amanda McKinney, Caryn Finkbeiner
Woodberry Hills Elementary School

“Kindle Fires for Battle of the Books Participants”
Ann Marie Holt, Virginia Hodges
North Elementary School

The Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to
thank The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., the Danville Regional Foundation, and everyone involved with the education grant process for making the 2012 -2013 grant projects possible.

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<![CDATA[Member News]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News/
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Congratulations to Office Plus Business Centre on being named as one of the 11 finalists who will compete for five winning spots in the Third Annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards competition held by the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business. The awards dinner will take place on Wednesday, September 5, 2012.  Read more…

Averett University set another record enrollment this fall. In the past four years they have added 200 new students to bring total enrollment to approximately 950. With more students, the university is also planning on bringing in some larger facilities. Averett is planning to build a new and larger sports complex at its North Campus to the tune of $6.3 million with construction slated to begin next year. The new sports complex will have a turf field and an eight lane track. There will be a three story press box and have about 2,000 seats.  Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center is making a $1 million investment to install a new 16-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner. These plans have been approved by the state and will provide patients with faster a more efficient imaging and scanning. “This upgrade is another demonstration of our commitment to providing the safest, most advanced quality care to our community,” said DRMC CEO Eric Deaton. Read more…

Garry C. Martin has joined First State Bank of Danville as Vice President of Retail Banking Officer. Martin has more than 25 years of banking experience and previously was employed with URW Credit Union and American National Bank. Read more…

West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board (WPWIB) learned at its recent board meeting that the state awarded the board $171,000 in state rapid response funds to help its four Virginia Workforce Centers subsidize opportunities for the unemployed to secure a job by either going back to school to upgrade or learn new skills or participate in paid adult internships. “The purpose of the adult internships is to incentivize employers to take a chance on individuals that may not have the experience or skills on paper to do the job. We have found if these individuals can just get their foot in the door with employers looking to hire, in most cases, they will do an outstanding job and are employed after the internship has been completed,” said WPWIB Chairman Jim Daniel. Nearly 95 percent of all internship participants are employed after completing an internship, he said.

 

Many years ago, Mark Hopkins hit his first golf ball at the former Glen Oaks Country Club. This year Hopkins, who went on to be a PGA Professional, and his wife, Vera, bought the facility. With a new name, Southern Hills Golf Course is an 18-hole course open to the public. The bent grass greens are located on Stokesland Avenue behind the former Dan River plant.  Read more…

Join Centra Outpatient Rehabilitation in Defeating Dizziness during Balance Awareness Week! -September 16-22, 2012. Did you know that an estimated 35.4% of US adults aged 40 years and older (109 million Americans) experience vestibular dysfunction at some point in their lives? In the US, medical care for patients with chronic balance disorders exceeds $1 billion per year. During this week, Centra Outpatient Rehabilitation will be offering free balance screens to the community.  Appointments are required.  Please call for an appointment with Danville Ortho & Rehab Specialists at 434.797.1384.       

nTelos Wireless announced that it has activated a new cell site that will enhance coverage in northeast Danville. nTelos Wireless activated the new cell site July 18. Areas along Piney Forest Road the Danville Expressway in northeast Danville, as well as areas along North Main Street, will experience improved coverage.  Read more…

More than 2,700 homes or businesses in rural Virginia that don’t have access to high-speed Internet will be able to get service under a federal subsidy program. Telecommunications provider CenturyLink Inc. said it is planning to use $2.1 million from the Federal Communications Commission’s “Connect America Fund” to deploy broadband in rural areas that would reach more than 7,000 people.  Read more…

Danville Regional Medical Center has a new cardiovascular administrative director. Bob Anthony will provide administrative oversight and leadership for the hospital’s cardiovascular program, which is affiliated with Duke University Medical Center.  Read more…

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced plans to hire 1,000 veterans nationwide over the next three years through its partnership with the United States Chamber of Commerce “Hiring Our Heroes” program. Read more…

A national standards board has recognized the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region for meeting the highest philanthropic standards. The foundation met standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability for the second time.  Read more…

Dr. Maria Ibarra, a board-certified family physician, joined Centra Piedmont PrimeCare in June. She has comprehensive education, experience and expertise in family medicine, urgent care and emergency medicine. Piedmont PrimeCare is a walk-in clinic providing patients of all ages with care due to non-life threatening illnesses or accidents, the release stated.  Read more…

After being in the works for several years, the Danville Science Center and the City of Danville are advertising for bids on the construction of a new Digital Dome Theater for the community. The 44-foot Digital Dome Theater will combine high-definition video, color star projection and digital surround sound, and entertain up to 100 guests at a time. Read more…

Centra plans to apply for a certificate of need from the Virginia Department of Health in October so it can open an expanded facility in Gretna at a new location. “We’re very excited about the project,” said Susan Brandt, Centra’s manager of media relations. If the certificate of need is approved, Centra’s project would establish an expanded facility with an emergency department including helipad and on-site ambulance, a CT scanner and expanded X-ray services.  Read more…

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

4-Lads LLC dba McDonald’s of Gretna
Larry McCarty, President
104 Vaden Street
Gretna, VA 24557
160 Cromwell Drive
Rocky Mount, VA 24151
540-493-9948
Restaurants and Caterers

Amthor International, Inc.
Mabel Short, Secretary
237 Industrial Drive
Gretna, VA 24557
434-656-6233
Manufacturers and Processors

The Gentry Farm
Stephanie Amaya
220 Cane Creek Court
Ringgold, VA 24586
PO Box 10309
Danville, VA 24543
(434) 770-5601
Restaurants, Caterers, Conference Centers

Hauser Real Estate        
Kelli Hauser, Broker/Owner
1225 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-548-8833
Real Estate

Integrated Technology Group
Scott Francis
20564 Timberlake Road, Suite A
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 455-4949
IT Products & Services, IP Telephone, Security & Access

MICHE’                                                
Melissa Breaux, Independent Representative
272 Mountain View Avenue
Danville, VA 24541
434-7973-110
Distributors

Planter World - BSN Fabricating              
Barbara Nutter
2095 Ridgeway Road
Vernon Hill, VA 24597
(434) 349-5404
Home Decorative Accessories

ServPro of Lynchburg
Susan Myers, Marketing Rep.
PO Box 15124
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-525-9559
Services

Southern Hills Golf Course and Swim Club           
Vera Hopkins
188 Stokesland Avenue
Danville, VA 24541
PO Box 10238
Danville, VA 24543
434-793-2582
Attractions, Museums & Recreation

Sterling Optical
Betsy Thurman
3321 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-4381
Optical, Optometrists, Opticians & Optical Labs

Virginia Museum of Natural History
Cindy Gray
21 Starling Avenue
Martinsville, VA 24112
276-634-4141
Attractions, Museums & Recreation

VSP Dental Inc.
Siddharth Patel
767 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 797-4181
Dentists & Orthodontists

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between July 24, 2012 – August 23, 2012:

  • Alzheimer's Association Central and Western Virginia Chapter
  • Arlene's Closet LLC
  • Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.
  • AutoCycle LLC
  • Badcock & More Home Furniture
  • Bojangles – Mountain Food Service
  • Bra Lady Boutique, The
  • Carlisle School
  • Danview Restaurant
  • Davenport & Company LLC
  • Ecomnets
  • J. Clint Fleming, Inc.
  • Forever Young Family Salon Inc.
  • R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
  • Get Fit Dan River Region
  • Harman Eye Center of Danville
  • JTI Leaf Services, LLC
  • Liberty Tax Service
  • Liberty University Athletics
  • Mount Hermon Animal Clinic
  • NAP Coleman Marketplace LLC
  • Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation
  • Piedmont Fire & Security Co.
  • Jack Ryland
  • Sheets Roofing, Inc.
  • Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania
  • United States Green Energy Corporation
  • W. A. Wells & Associates
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<![CDATA[Chamber to Sponsor Social Media Marketing Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-to-Sponsor-Social-Media-Marketing-Workshop/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is proud to present a workshop designed to help your business use social media to increase your bottom line.  In Social Media Marketing Made Simple Gina Watkins of Constant Contact will teach you best practices for your social media presence and demonstrate how to launch and manage an effective Social Campaign. A popular speaker and educator, Gina delivers real-world tools and strategies that drive stellar results immediately! And although the topics and strategies may be cutting edge, it doesn’t take an interactive guru to “get it.” Gina simplifies the information and provides essential basics, secrets, and shortcuts that make it easy for seminar attendees to get on their way fast.

Date:  October 3rd, 2012
Place:  Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Time:  Registration will begin at 8:30am.  Workshop will run from 9:00am to 1:00pm. 
Cost:  Register before September 24th at 5pm to take advantage of our Early Bird Registration Rate.  Before September 17th - $35.  After September 24th - $45.  Your registration fee includes a hot buffet lunch.

Social Media Marketing Made Simple - & Effective
Learn the Best Practices for your social media presence - including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn & more – that you can use to build the relationships that mean success for your business or organization! Come learn the essential elements of transforming new prospects into repeat, passionate customers, members, volunteers and referral generators – and who in turn help you grow your business using the power of social media marketing.

~Extend your online marketing reach;
~Reach with endorsement; that is, get your passionate customers/members to tell your story and spread the word; and
~Leverage content that helps your friends, fans & followers to share their experience.

"Social Media Marketing Made Simple" is a two-hour workshop that will cover some of the strategies and best practices to get the most out of your social media activities –  including time management and measuring the return of your activities. We will:

~talk about what social media marketing really is,
~see how to incorporate it into your business operations without losing productivity, and
~look at real-life examples of how other businesses & organizations (from one-person shops to larger organizations) are using these low-cost tools to gain visibility, develop relationships and drive engagement, sales and bottom-line results.

We will discuss the various social media outlets that are available, how they interact together, ways to leverage their inherent strengths and tools to evaluate them for best use for your business or organization.

Getting Started with Social Campaigns (Live Demo)

Word-of-mouth has always been the best way to attract new people to your business or organization. Constant Contact’s Social Campaigns product makes it easy for you to supercharge your social word of mouth to get you what you want from your social media marketing: more fans and more new business.

With Social Campaigns it all starts when someone "Likes" your Facebook Page to receive a special offer. Those people are encouraged to share the offer with their friends extending the reach of your business. This leads to more people "liking" your Page and taking up the offer, which means more business for you!

The best social campaigns are designed to help you achieve a specific business goal. When you create your social campaign with this goal in mind - whether it’s getting more donations, driving more visits to your store, or gathering sales leads - you’ll know how many people are taking you up on the offer and be able to see the direct impact on your organization. 

In Getting Started with Social Campaigns, you are invited to sit back and watch the Constant Contact Social Campaigns product in action!  You will see how simple it can be to build a social campaign. We will also look at:

~Why use social campaigns?
~Promoting your social campaign
~How do I measure success?

Along the way, we’ll discuss tricks-of-the-trade and other relevant best practices. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions, provide feedback, share your experiences, and listen to how others are using Constant Contact Social Campaigns to grow their business and establish lasting relationships with customers and members.

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<![CDATA[Education Will Be Focus of Chamber Breakfast Meetings]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Education-Will-Be-Focus-of-Chamber-Breakfast-Meetings/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will host “Education Reports” for Danville and Pittsylvania County at two separate breakfast meetings in September.

James E. McDaniel, Division Superintendent of Pittsylvania County Schools, will provide an overview of the county school system on Tuesday, September 18.  The breakfast meeting will be held at The Community Center at Chatham (115 South Main Street, Chatham) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Sue B. Davis, Superintendent of Danville Public Schools, will provide an overview of the city school system on Wednesday, September 26, at 7:30 a.m. at The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville).

Each of the breakfast meetings, which are open to the public, costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.  The cost includes a buffet breakfast with healthy food choices.

Reservations are required and should be made by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[Chamber to Host 'State of the City Address']]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-to-Host-State-of-the-City-Address/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will host the “State of the City Address” on Wednesday, August 22, with Sherman M. Saunders, Mayor of the City of Danville, who will provide an overview of accomplishments and goals for the city.

The breakfast meeting will be held at The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The breakfast meeting, which is open to the public, costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.  The cost includes a buffet breakfast with healthy food choices.

Reservations are required and should be made by Friday, August 17, by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[Members Renew Support for Chamber]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Members-Renew-Support-for-Chamber/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between June 26, 2012 – July 23, 2012:

  •  Abercrombie Physical Therapy, P.C.
  • Adams Construction Company - Southside Division
  • Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
  • Alan Dalton Photography
  • Allied Supply Corporation of Danville
  • The Arc of Southside
  • B & W Floral Designs Inc.
  • Belk
  • Blackwell Automotive, Inc.
  • Centech Service Corporation
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Community Improvement Council, Inc.
  • Computer Bookkeeping & Tax Service Inc.
  • Computer Clinic Inc.
  • City of Danville
  • Danville Paint & Supply Co.
  • Emeritus of Danville
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Garrett's Tax Service
  • Giles-Flowerland and Caterers
  • Ginger Bread House & Garden Center
  • God's Storehouse, Inc.
  • Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc.
  • Hampton Inn
  • Highlander Restaurant, Lodge & Pub
  • Law Office of Greg T. Haymore, P.C.
  • Donna F. Helton, DDS, PC
  • Insurance Junction
  • Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon
  • Lowe's
  • Meadows Service Center, Inc.
  • Mt. Hermon Courtyard Conference Center
  • N'Tended For Kids, Inc. - Dance Too & Merle Norman Cosmetics
  • Old Dutch Supermarkets
  • Piedmont Credit Union
  • Pittsylvania County
  • Pittsylvania County Agricultural Development Board
  • Pittsylvania County Public Library System
  • Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc.
  • Riverside Dry Cleaning, Inc.
  • Riverside Roof Truss, LLC
  • Romar Elevators
  • Saxon, Angle & Associates Optometrists
  • Semones Automotive
  • Sherwood House Furniture
  • Showcase Magazine
  • Southern Office Machines Co., Inc.
  • Southern States Co-Operative-Danville
  • J. W. Squire Company, Inc.
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Stratford Courtyard Conference Center
  • Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
  • Drs. Wentz & Manry
  • Westover Christian Academy
  • Yeatts, Overbey and Ramsey, PLC
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<![CDATA[Member News for August 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-for-August-2012/
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The Office of Economic Development and the City of Danville announce that the former Research Building of Dan River Inc. will be redeveloped by RDD, LLC, a group of private investors. This building sits on the south bank of the Dan River and is bordered by Main and Bridge Streets. After renovation, the building will house the Danville Orthopedic Clinic and its associated practices in addition to both training facilities and medical practices to be operated by Danville Regional Medical Center. Additionally, the building will house commercial entities on the street level floor and a restaurant facility in an adjoining building adjacent to the river. Read more…

The Danville Regional Foundation announced it will invest $10 million over the next five years to attract entrepreneurs to the region. The grant was awarded to the Southside Business Technology Center, Karl Stauber, President and CEO of DRF, said. Read more…

The medical director of the Danville Free Clinic was recently honored as the “Physician Volunteer of the Year” by the Virginia Health Care Foundation. Dr. Edwin Harvie Jr. received the honor on June 28 when Gov. Bob McDonnell joined key members of the General Assembly in presenting this year’s Heroes in Health Care Awards. Read more…

URW Community FCU is excited to move forward with their new 8,800 square foot main office at 314 Lowes Drive in Danville.  URW has contracted with DEI Incorporated to design and build their facility.  Currently in the design phase, ground breaking will be held August 16 at 11:00 a.m. URW is embracing a retail environment that features dialog banking to further develop strong financial partnerships and provide first-class service to their members.  Tellers will be equipped to help them with a variety of their needs, from loans to simple transactions. The new branch interior will offer living room style seating in the waiting area as well as a café.  Celebrating the local area, a community wall will feature URW people and places and a large display area will allow local businesses to display their own products and services.  A whimsical children’s area plays on the history of URW with a tire swing, relating back to their Goodyear plant heritage, and other embellishments.  URW is also providing a community room available to employees, members, and local organizations.  The room, equipped with a Smart Board and adjacent kitchen, can be used for training, staff meetings, community organizations, or special events.

Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) and LifePoint Hospitals® announced that it plans to acquire the second floor of the former Dan River Research Building, which will serve the Dan River Region as an Accountable Care or ACO Hub, providing the community convenient access to a wide variety of health services. This acquisition represents a $4.2 million dollar investment by DRMC and LifePoint Hospitals®. Read more…

Averett University is excited to announce that it has received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to offer a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree at its new Riverview Campus. The approval from SACS allows the University to begin offering a bachelor of science in nursing degree to registered nurses who already hold an associate degree or diploma from an approved registered nursing program. The first class will launch on Aug. 22. For those interested in learning more or if seeking admission, contact Katherine Pappas, regional director of enrollment, at katherine.pappas@gps.averett.edu or 800-448-5233.

Cathy Liles, CPA, was named the new Office Managing Partner for the Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP Danville office.  With more than 15 years experience in public accounting, Liles brings a wealth of knowledge in the audit and consulting services areas and will lead the Danville office in her responsibilities of engagement management, client service, practice development, and staff supervision.

Corrie Teague has been selected as the new project manager for the Danville Office of Economic Development. As a project manager, she will be responsible for assisting in the development of new industrial park property, such as the Mega Park, by working with engineering firms and other key stakeholders. The project manager will be heavily involved in the redevelopment of River District properties, and will work with River District merchants and recruit small businesses. Teague has been a research and marketing manager for the Office of Economic Development since October 2009. She also interned for the office.

Megabytes has introduced a new and healthy menu featuring “Made-to-Order Mondays.” The eatery is located at the Institute for Advanced learning and Research. The menu’s newest feature “Made-to-Order Mondays” brings in a new experience for customers. Chefs will actually prepare the entrée right in front of the service line where customers can watch their meal being cooked to perfection. Read more…

Goodwill Industries of Danville Area, Inc. has changed it name to Goodwill Industries of South Central Virginia, Inc., effective July 1, 2012. The new name more accurately reflects the territory served by the local Goodwill with its retail stores, donation sites, and services to those with barriers to employment.

The Danville Regional Foundation is accepting nominations for its 4th Annual B.R. Ashby, M.D. Award for Outstanding Community Service. The $50,000 unrestricted general operating grant is given annually to a local (Danville, Pittsylvania County or Caswell County, N.C.) nonprofit for “outstanding community service,” according to a news release. Read more…

Dan M. Pleasant, PE, chief operating officer of Dewberry, has been named chairman of the Highway and Transit Subcommittee of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. The subcommittee is one of five within the Transportation Committee that was established in the fall of 2011 to focus on multimodal transportation policies and the development of a transportation network that will help enhance Virginia’s competitiveness as a place for business. In addition to Highway and Transit, the other subcommittees are Aviation, Ports, Rail, and Spaceport.

Bojangles’ raised $24,600 during its annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy in-store fundraiser. Bojangles’ is celebrating a 14-year partnership with MDA this year and is proud to have raised nearly $2.3 million chain-wide in that timeframe to help win the fight against neuromuscular disease. The Bojangles’, located on Sandy Court in Danville, raised more than $5,000 alone, the most funds being donated by a single store in the company’s footprint. Read more…

Eric Deaton, CEO of Danville Regional Medical Center, has been reappointed to the State Board of Health. Deaton was first appointed to the board in January 2011. He will represent the hospital industry for health-related issues that arise to the board. Also, officials at Danville Regional Medical Center recently joined a community effort to improve care transitions among local patients and families. The Care Transitions Project, led by the Virginia Health Quality Center, focuses on reducing avoidable readmissions by 20 percent over three years. Read more…

Listeners of the “Sunday Swing Shift” radio program on WBTM may not have realized it, but Sunday, July 15, was Phil Watlington’s 50th anniversary with the station — and the date did not pass without notice. Co-workers managed to surprise Watlington with a party at Danville Golf Club. Read more…

Gretna residents and businesses now have faster broadband Internet speeds available from FairPoint Communications. These improved speeds are a result of FairPoint’s upgrades to its network and will provide up to 15 Mbps, depending on location, according to a company news release. FairPoint serves more than 4,200 customers in the Gretna area. Read more…

The Free Clinic of Danville has expanded its building to house mental health counseling. The clinic has partnered with Piedmont Access to Health Services and Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services Board to offering counseling services through the grant initiative “A New Lease on Life.” Read more…

Averett University
’s recruitment efforts over the last four years have been recognized by Noel-Levitz with a 2012 Marketing-Recruitment Excellence Award. The award recognizes state-of-the-art programs, services and strategies that have made an impact on campus student enrollment, according to a news release from the university. Averett is one of four universities from across the United States that has been recognized. Read more…

The Danville Regional Foundation is now on TV. The Foundation has a show airing twice a day Monday-Friday at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Comcast channel 10. Matt Charles, communications and public relations director of DRF and host of the show, said the working title is DRF Digest, but they have reached out to members of the community to submit suggestions as to what the show should be called. The show will soon be available on the DRF YouTube page and social media outlets of the City of Danville, as well as their website. DRF will also archive episodes on our website and YouTube channel. Read more…

The Southside Business Technology Center has received an $85,000 Rural Business Enterprise Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to provide high-quality tangible management consulting services to rural, Southside Virginia businesses. “This is great news for the SBTC and our clients,” commented Eva Doss, President & CEO of the SBTC. “The grant will allow the SBTC to maintain and further expand business consulting services that advance the economic growth of the Southside region.” Read more…

Glen Gillispie, chief operating officer for Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, has been recognized as a finalist in the Virginia CFO Awards sponsored by “Virginia Business” magazine. The Virginia CFO Awards recognize achievements by the top chief financial officers in nonprofit organizations, private companies, and publicly traded companies throughout the state. Read more…

Lawrence Distributing Co. recently earned a perfect sales award. Lawrence Distributing Co. Wine Division Manager John Roach attended the Gallo Awards Meeting at the PGA National Resort & Spa in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he accepted on behalf of Lawrence Distributing the Perfect Sales Achievement Award. Read more…

American National Bankshares Inc. joined the broad-market Russell 3000 Index as Russell Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes on June 25. Annual reconstitution of Russell’s U.S. indexes captures the 4,000 largest U.S. stocks as of the end of May, ranking them by total market capitalization. Membership on the Russell 3000, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the large-cap Russell 1000 Index or small-cap Russell 2000 Index as well as the appropriate growth and value style indexes. Read more…

Paul Miller, DDS, is pleased to announce the opening of Shannon Nicole Photography on the second floor above his Main Street, Chatham dental practice.  Located at 6B South Main Street, Chatham, appointments can be made by calling 434-420-3904.  For more information, visit www.shanicphotography.smugmug.com.

Congressman Robert Hurt of Virginia’s 5th District recently met with Farm Credit directors and local farmers as they announced the distribution of a $2,630,400 patronage refund to customers in his district. Farm Credit, an agricultural lending cooperative, distributed a total of $13.6 million in the spring to farmers and rural residents who use the company’s services across Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. Farm Credit of the Virginias is part of the nationwide Farm Credit system of member-owned lending cooperatives serving rural America. Their cooperative structure enables them to return a portion of their income to customers in the form of a patronage refund. Read more…

The City of Danville’s plan to redevelop the River District has earned it an award for best practices from the Southern Economic Development Council, a regional economic development group that represents 17 southern states. The city won the award in competition with other communities with populations between 40,001 and 100,000. Read more…

Robert W. (Bobby) Conner has retired from the board of directors of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative where he represented MEC members in Halifax County for 30 years and has held the position of board chairman for the past seven years. Read more…

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<![CDATA[Chamber Members Donate Almost 6 Tons]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Members-Donate-Almost-6-Tons/
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Members of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce recently donated almost six tons of food to God's Storehouse as part of the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive.  The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign ran from Memorial Day to Independence Day, helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations.

All total, God's Storehouse receievd $4,454.84 in monetary donations which equaled 10,124 pounds of food.  Plus, they received an additional 1,795 pounds of food.

Businesses and organizations that participated were American National Bank & Trust Co., Ben David Jewelers, Danville Dental Associates, Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville Republican Committee, Department of Motor Vehicles, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Infinity Global Packaging, and URW Community Federal Credit Union.  The Chamber also donated a portion of all ticket sales from the Taste of Southside in June.

Summer tends to be one of the greatest times of need for local food banks.  While the Governor's Cup Challenge has officially ended, business and individuals are encouraged to continue their support of our local food banks - God’s Storehouse and Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center.

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<![CDATA[Breakfast Meeting to Feature "State of the County"]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Breakfast-Meeting-to-Feature-State-of-the-County/
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     The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will host the “State of the County Address” on Wednesday, July 25, with speakers from Pittsylvania County and the Towns of Chatham, Gretna, and Hurt.

     Tim Barber, Chairman of the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors, will provide an overview of accomplishments and goals for the county, while the Mayors of the three towns will offer the towns’ perspectives.

     The breakfast meeting will be held at The Community Center at Chatham (115 South Main Street, Chatham) beginning at 7:30 a.m.

     The breakfast meeting, which is open to the public, costs $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members.  The cost includes a buffet breakfast with healthy food choices.

      Reservations are required and should be made by Friday, July 20, by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990, by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org, or by registering online at www.dpchamber.org.

     The Chamber will be hosting the “State of the City Address” with Danville Mayor Sherman Saunders on August 22nd at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Urges Community to be Informed on Issue of Uranium Mining and Milling]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Urges-Community-to-be-Informed-on-Issue-of-Uranium-Mining-and-Milling/
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In anticipation of legislation in the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly around uranium mining and milling in the Commonwealth, the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages business and community leaders to learn about and become engaged in the issue.

The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will hold a citizens’ forum to listen to suggestions on uranium mining and milling Monday, July 9. The meeting, which is open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the General District Courtroom in Chatham.  Due to time constraints, only citizens who live in the county will be allowed to speak at the July 9 forum. Each speaker will be required to sign in and will be limited to four minutes.

For more information about the forum, contact Staunton River District Supervisor Marshall Ecker at 434-335-5967 or marshall.ecker@pittgov.org or Banister District Supervisor Jessie Barksdale at 434-432-2124 or jessie.barksdale@pittgov.org.

Chamber members who would like to learn more about the issue of uranium mining and milling are also encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information and reports:

There have also been studies conducted by Virginia Beach, the Moran Report, and Fairfax. The links to these studies can be found on the comparison link on the Danville Regional Foundation’s website. There has also been a peer review compiled of the Virginia Beach study (2011) by Kleinfelder West.  The link to this review can be found on Virginia Uranium’s website.

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - June 2012 ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---June-2012-/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

 Alliance for Progress in Southern Virginia  
Jeff Haley, Secretary/Treasurer
628 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-773-2259
Organizations 

Love4Paws
Cheryl Bryant
203 Birchwood Road
Danville, VA 24540
434-250-2175
Services 

Sodexo Campus Services
Donald Deacon – Controller
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-582-2276
Restaurants and Caterers

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between May 22, 2012 – June 25, 2012:

  • Abundant Life World Outreach Church
  • Bankers Insurance, LLC
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area
  • Blankenship & Davis Opticians
  • Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
  • Carter Craig Attorneys at Law
  • Chatham Family Pharmacy
  • Chatmoss Cablevision, Inc.
  • David D. Childress, DDS
  • Dr. Nancy Coppic Clark
  • Collie Equipment Company
  • Colonial Ridge Apartments
  • Courtyard Conference Centers & Highlander Restaurant, Lodge & Pub
  • Daly Seven, Inc.
  • Dan River Region Association of Realtors
  • Danville Dental Associates
  • Danville House
  • Danville Insulating & Window Company, Inc.
  • Danville Pittsylvania Community Services
  • Danville Ready Mix
  • Danville Women's Care, P.C.
  • EVE, INC.
  • Finch & Finch, Inc. Funeral and Cremation Service
  • Foster & Dorr, PC
  • Four Seasons Pest Control, Inc.
  • Free Clinic of Danville
  • Golden Skillet
  • Hajoca Corporation
  • The Homeplace Vineyard, Inc.
  • Horizontech, Inc.
  • Hughes Marine Service
  • Just Kids Child Development Center
  • Main Street Coffee Emporium
  • Matthews Sanitation Services, LLC
  • Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative
  • Motley Florist
  • Negril, Inc.
  • New Beginnings Insurance Services, Inc.
  • Newcomb Carpet, Inc.
  • nTelos
  • O'Gara Safety & Security Institute
  • Piedmont Printing & Graphics Inc.
  • Piedmont Regional Feeding & Oral-Motor Clinic, LLC
  • Piney Forest Healthcare Center
  • Pittsylvania County Public Library System
  • David Pugh, P.L.L.C.
  • Prudential Waterfront Properties
  • Riverside Insurance Agency
  • Russell L. Scruggs
  • SleepyGoat Cheese
  • Social Security Administration
  • Southern States - Chatham
  • Southside Electric Coop.
  • TekaByte, Inc.
  • Thompson Insurance Services
  • TPC Acquisition, LLC DBA My Twinn
  • Trane
  • Virginia Technical Institute
  • J. D. Yeatts & Son, Inc.
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<![CDATA[Member News - July 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News---July-2012/
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  • Abingdon Place of Danville is having an Open House on Friday, June 29 from 4 to 6 pm. Abingdon was voted the number one Assisted Living by the readers of the Danville Register and Bee. Contact Rick Neal at Office 434-799-1930 or cell 434-709-7201.

  • Mid-Atlantic Broadband Corp. recently donated $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area. The funds will be used to further the programs to benefit the young people of Southern Virginia. Read more…

  • Blackwell Automotive would like to welcome Jessica Crane Reamey to their professional sales staff. Reamey, formerly of Crane Tire Company, has been involved in the car industry for ten years. She invites all of her friends, family, and customers to come visit her at Blackwell Automotive (4874 Riverside Drive, Danville).

  • Southern States Cooperative Inc. has been named the winner of the 2012 Information Technology Innovation Award for integrating the use of mobile handheld technology with its existing Benchmate Systems’ Computerized Maintenance Management System. Read more…

  • WSET-TV, the ABC affiliate serving the Heart of Virginia, is now delivering WeatherNation, in conjunction with the ABC 13 Weather Experts, to provide around-the-clock coverage of national and local forecasts plus breaking weather news. ABC 13 WeatherNation can be seen on WSET-TV’s digital channel 13.3.

  • Located on 160 peaceful acres in Pelham, N.C. — just six miles south of Danville — is a small farm with a lot of goats and a lot of cheese. In fact, Sleepy Goat Farm produces between 1,000 and 3,000 pounds of the dairy product every year, and if you want, they will teach you how to make your own cheese, too. Read more…
     
  • Jeffrey D. Gignac recently became a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia. Gignac, a staff accountant with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, completed all requirements for certification.  He has been an associate in the Danville office of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP since July 2010.

  • nTelos Wireless recently announced it has activated a new cell site that will enhance coverage in Danville. The new cell site was activated June 4. Areas along U.S. 29 and U.S. 58 (Danville Expressway) in southwest Danville will experience improved coverage, according to a company news release.  Read more …

  • Board chair Sandie Currie announced that Trina Pratt has been named the interim director of The Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area while the search committee begins to look for a new director. Pratt was previously the executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Gastonia, N.C.  Shervin Rassa, former director, has left to assume a position with the Boys & Girls Club of the Emerald Coast in Fort Walton Beach, FL.  Read more…

  • On April 21, over 500 residents of Danville, Pittsylvania County and surrounding cities and counties gathered at the Riverwalk in Danville to participate in the first annual Dan River Autism Awareness 5k. Due to requests from participants, the donation deadline was extended through May 31. Participants raised approximately $22,000, far exceeding the event fundraising goal of $15,000. A portion of the funds was donated to Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy and research organization. The majority of the funds was used to establish the Autism Education Fund through the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. Read more…
     
  • Virginia Technical Institute has received a $50,000 matching gift challenge. The anonymous donors issued the challenge with the following statement: “For everyone who believes in the importance of the trades and believes, like we do,  VTI not only  provides this training but changes lives in the process, consider making a donation and we will match it immediately”. Read more…

  • United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County recently announced that Nathan Cook has been named the new President and CEO beginning July 2. Cook is currently serving as the director of services for the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind and has more than 17 years of experience with United Way in North Carolina and Arkansas, according to a news release. Read more…

  • Luis A. Abreu, a well-known local litigator with over 30 years of experience, has been named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in Virginia for 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Abreu has also been selected as one of Virginia’s Legal Elite for the past ten consecutive years for his practice in the area of Family Law/Domestic Relations, as well as the Danville Register & Bee “Readers’ Choice Favorite Lawyer”, and Showcase Magazine’s Rave Award winner for the area’s Favorite Lawyer several times. Read more…

  • God’s Pit Crew, God’s Storehouse and Feeding America Southwest Virginia were the beneficiaries of a $50,000 grant that Danville received from Walmart’s “Fighting Hunger Together” initiative. During April, Walmart used local, state, and regional media outlets to promote a contest on its Facebook page to award the city with the most votes $1 million in grant money, with the top 20 communities receiving $50,000. Read more…
     
  • Corey Scruggs has joined the Danville office of Bankers Insurance, LLC as a personal insurance sales executive. In this role, Scruggs will work with customers to secure personal insurance products for their homes, autos, boats, and more. Read more…
     
  • Danville Regional Medical Center will hold the 2nd Annual Duathlon on July 14 at Virginia International Raceway. Proceeds will benefit United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County. Read more…
     
  • The Danville Regional Foundation announced the hiring of its first DRF Fellow: Rachel Covington. Growing out of the DRF Internship Program, DRF Fellows are a viable means of bringing the talents of recent graduates into the work of DRF, while nurturing and developing the next generation of leaders.  Fellows receive career and professional development experience and exposure to philanthropic and nonprofit career opportunities. Read more…
     
  • Walgreens is opening two full-service stores with drive-through pharmacies in Danville, a company spokesman confirmed. “We’ve found two locations we think will be very successful,” said Robert Elfinger, Walgreens spokesman. Read more…
     
  • Bojangles’ announced it has raised a record-breaking total — more than $420,000 — for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during its 11th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy fundraiser. The funds will send more than 500 children to MDA Summer Camp this year. Bojangles’ is celebrating a 14-year partnership with MDA this year. The Bojangles’ on Sandy Street in Danville raised $5,017. The restaurant on U.S. 29 in Blairs raised $800 for MDA. Read more…
     
  • The American Red Cross has launched its official first aid app, putting free and simple lifesaving information right in the hands of smart phone users. Read more…
     
  • Troy Reid from Danville, the 2012 Virginia Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), was among 10 teens vying to represent the Southeast Region as a youth ambassador. These outstanding young people were treated to a three-day experience in Atlanta, which included career experiences at local companies and a community service project where they assembled and distributed hygiene kits for the homeless. Each finalist received a $1,000 college scholarship from the Youth of the Year program’s sponsor, Tupperware Brands Corporation, and $400 in gift cards from JCPenney. Though Troy was not selected to represent BGCA’s Southeast Region at the national competition in September, he remained positive, saying “It was an honor to represent Danville at the competition. Even if I didn’t win the title, I still feel like I won a lot, because I came home with new friends and experiences.  I am so thankful for the Boys & Girls Club and staff like Dave Thomas who really helped me attain so much.  I will always be thankful.” Read more…

  • Come see David and all of the staff from DocuSystems Co., Inc.  on Tuesday, July 10, at their new location at 3801 U.S. Highway 29 North in Danville. A ribbon cutting will be at 11:00 with the grand Opening from 10:00 to 4:00. There will be a live remote with WAKG 103.3. Stop by, have food and refreshments, and register for door prizes. See their new line of Desktop Personal Printers/Scanners for your home or office. DocuSystems will also be displaying the latest Konica Minolta bizhub technology contained in their multifunction office equipment.

  • WBTM’s news department captured two top honors at the 2012 Virginia Association of Broadcasters Award Banquet in Virginia Beach. Read more…

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region - July 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region---July-2012/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  • Joey Wilkerson, of Averett University, recently participated in a Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team spending several weeks in Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Rotary Foundation’s GSE program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. Read about Joey's experiences here...

  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area proudly annoucned that Troy Reid, club member and Senior at George Washington High School is the Virginia Youth of the Year. Reid went on to represent Danville as one of ten teens vying to represent the Southeast Region as a youth ambassador at the national level. Though Reid was not selected at the national competition, he recieved a $1,000 college scholarship. Read more about Reid's inspirational story and his plans for the future...
  • The City of Danville and Gamewood Technology are working to open up the first phase of bringing broadband access to residents in the city. The first phase will allow access to 460 homes with plans to extend access to 700 additional homes in the second phase. Read more...


If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org with a brief description.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Accepting Nominations for Board of Directors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Accepting-Nominations-for-Board-of-Directors/
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The Chamber’s Board of Directors is currently in the process of identifying and nominating a slate of candidates for seats on the Board of Directors (effective January 1, 2013).

If you have a candidate you would like for the Nominating Committee to consider, please contact Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 99, 8653 US Highway 29, Blairs, VA  24527, or by email at lmoran@dpchamber.org.

Candidates must be active members in good standing, designated as a representative by the member business, be qualified for such directorship, and have agreed to accept the responsibility of a directorship.

Nominations should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2012.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Chamber office.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Challenge Summer Food and Fund Drive: Ways to Donate!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Challenge-Summer-Food-and-Fund-Drive-Ways-to-Donate/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will participate in the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive. The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign will run through Independence Day (July 4th), helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations.

Ways to Donate

  • Mail your donations to God’s Storehouse at PO Box 2600, Danville, VA 24541 or drop them off at their physical location at 750 Memorial Drive, Danville. God's Storehouse is open on Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.
  • Mail your donations to Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center, PO Box 125, Gretna, VA 24557. Or, food items can be dropped off at the former Weal Presbyterian Church building west of Chatham on June 21 and the American Legion building in Gretna on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Shop Ben David Jewelers located at 459 Mount Cross Road, Danville – Throughout the month of June, Ben David Jewelers will donate a portion of the proceeds of everything sold to benefit our local food bank, God’s Storehouse, as part of the Governor’s Bowl – Chamber Challenge food and fund drive campaign. We encourage those searching for gifs for Weddings, Graduations, Father’s Day, or Anniversaries to visit Ben David Jewelers today. Each purchase you make will delight the recipient and help feed those in need!
  • In the spirit of “People Helping People” URW Community Federal Credit Union offices will be accepting food and fund donations for the 2012 Chamber of Commerce Challenge. Donations will be accepted until July 4, 2012 at the following locations: 539 Arnett Boulevard; 364 Lowes Drive, Suite H; 142 South Main Street (DRMC); and their newest location inside the Goodyear Plant. Let’s work together to fight hunger in our community.
  • Drop-off your items at your closest Danville Dental Associates office and register to win gift cards. Offices located at 5011 Riverside Drive, Danville; 770 Piney Forest Road, Danville; 1429 South Boston Road, Danville; and 19144 Highway 29 North, Chatham.
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman located at 110 Exchange Street, Suite G, Danville, is having a food drive. Their goal is to contribute 500-1000 cans, etc. of food.


*Please make a note on your donations that it is part of the Chamber Challenge* 



Fun Ideas for Your Business to Get Involved

  • Dress Down Day- if you bring in a certain number of food items you may wear casual attire.
  • Potluck Day- everyone brings a dish for lunch and in order to gain entrance you must bring a certain number of food items or pay an admission fee.
  • Costume Theme Day- create a theme; if you bring in a certain number of food items or cash amount you may dress in a costume with that theme.
  • Food Theme Day- challenge co-workers to bring in as many different food items as possible in a certain category, for example, food geared towards people with diabetes, or food for children in a particular age group. Whoever has the most different types of food within the category wins a prize.
  • Lunch for the Hungry Day- everyone contributes what they would normally spend on lunch.
  • Prizes- have local businesses donate gift certificates and items that can be raffled.
  • Totals- display daily totals in high-traffic areas or announce totals using emails to keep people up to date and involved.
  • Friendly Competition- conduct non-monetary waging and/or email wars between other Chamber offices/members.
  • Rewards- have rewards for staff members who donate more than 20 cans or $100. 
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<![CDATA[Chamber Joins Campaign to Help Local Food Banks]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Joins-Campaign-to-Help-Local-Food-Banks/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will participate in the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive. The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign will run through Independence Day (July 4th), helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations.

Pamela Irvine, President and CEO of Feeding America Southwest Virginia, said, “Summertime is one of the most challenging times to keep our distribution centers filled with food. We see a higher demand for food assistance during the summer months because children are out of school. Parents of children who would normally receive free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches at school are in need of other resources to help feed their children. Over 80,000 children in Southwest Virginia are food insecure.”

Three Chamber offices and one state government office will receive a Governor’s bowl based on the total number of pounds of food donated (every dollar donated will equal four pounds). Chamber offices will compete with other like-size offices in categories small, medium and large as determined by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Governor McDonnell will personally deliver awards to the winning chamber and state agency offices after the conclusion of the “Governor’s Bowl.”

In a press conference earlier this year, Governor McDonnell said, “The ‘Governor’s Bowl’ is a unique opportunity to bring large corporations, small businesses and public sector employees together for a cause that everyone can agree with – and that is combating hunger in our communities. As Virginians, we are fortunate to live in a Commonwealth full of plenty; however, hunger remains pervasive. Since 2006, Virginia food banks have seen a 54 percent increase in demand. In the last six months, food banks have experienced a drop of 50 percent in food donations. Summer months are particularly tough for food banks to keep their shelves stocked. Today, we are challenging the business community and our great state agencies to join in this new competition that will help our food banks during one of its most challenging times for food banks in Virginia, especially with the number of children who are out of school and do not have access to before and after school meal programs.”

Business and individuals are encouraged to support our local food banks - God’s Storehouse and Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center. Please note that it is part of the Chamber Challenge.

Contributions can be mailed to God’s Storehouse at PO Box 2600, Danville, VA or taken to their physical location at 750 Memorial Drive, Danville. God's Storehouse is open on Monday – Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. till 2:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 1:00 p.m. till 5:00 p.m.

Contributions can be mailed to Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center, PO Box 125, Gretna, VA 24557. Food items can be dropped off at the former Weal Presbyterian Church building west of Chatham on June 21 and the American Legion building in Gretna on June 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If businesses or organization want to offer special promotions to encourage support for the food banks or if you have any questions, please contact the Chamber office at 434-836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[June Business at Breakfast Focuses on Governor's Challenge to Fight Hunger]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/June-Business-at-Breakfast-Focuses-on-Governors-Challenge-to-Fight-Hunger/
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Delegate Don Merricks
And
Karen Harris, Executive Director, God’s Storehouse
Kick Off
Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Food Bank Challenge
at Business at Breakfast


Delegate Don Merricks and Karen Harris, Executive Director of God’s Storehouse will speak at the upcoming Business at Breakfast on Tuesday, June 12th at 7:30a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville, Virginia 24540). 

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will compete in the first annual Governor’s Bowl Chamber of Commerce Challenge food and fund drive. The “Governor’s Bowl” campaign will run from Memorial Day (May 28th) to Independence Day (July 4th), helping to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months, which are typically slower for food donations. The competition will be organized regionally, with the “Governor’s Bowl” going to the Chamber or state agency that brings in the most pounds of food for its local food bank.

The June 12th event begins at 7:30a.m. with a buffet breakfast (including healthy options) and will conclude by 8:30a.m. The cost is $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required and should be made by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org. You can also click here to register online. 

Cancellations may be made without penalty up to 48 hours prior to the event date. Registrants will be charged the full registration fee for no-shows and/or cancellations made within 48 hours of the event. Registrant substitutions are allowed and may be made at any time up to the start time of the event.

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<![CDATA[22nd Annual Chamber Classic Boasts Low Scores, Great Fun]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/22nd-Annual-Chamber-Classic-Boasts-Low-Scores-Great-Fun/
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Amidst beautiful weather and tremendous fun, golfers at the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Classic golf tournament on June 4th turned in some of the lowest scores ever posted in the event’s 22-year history. The golf tournament is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.

Only one stroke separated the top four teams in gross scores which required cards to be matched to determine the final order.

Capturing first place gross was the Dr. Paul Miller, DDS / Four Seasons Pest Control team of Paul Miller, John Adkins, Ramsey Yeatts, and Kwang Kim with a score of 56.

Second place gross winners were Roger Gillispie, D.C. Hastings, R.J. Weaver, and Mark Crawford representing the Virginia Bank & Trust team. They also shot a 56.

The third place gross winner was the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company team of Ricky Austin, Cary Wren, Chris Hobbs, and Scott Davis who shot a 57.

Fourth place gross winners were Jay Barker, Scott Batson, Dale Powell, and Bill Barker with a score of 57. They were representing the team of JEB International Tobacco.

Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the Virginia Uranium team of Doug Kendrick, Brooks Powell, Derek Mitchell, and Harry Lea. They came in with a score of 59.

Capturing first place in net score with a 51 was the WSET, Incorporated team of George Keys, Jim Reynolds, Chad Bagby, and Jimmy Watts.

The Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative team of Brian Mosier, John Moore, John Lee, and Donnie Moore took home second place net honors with a score of 54.

Third place net winners with a score of 57 were Greg Haymore, Tommy Rogers, Chad Anderson, and Lee Cassada, representing the Haymore Law/Bojangles - Blairs team.

The team of First Piedmont Corporation won fourth place net with a score of 58. Team members were Tom Verrill, Steve Hair, Ken Pruitt, and Dan Eder.

Finishing in fifth place net with a score of 59 was the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team of Floyd Merryman, Andrew Shimpock, Bobby Lovelace, and Lee Lovelace.

Buddy Rawley of Averett University was closest to the pin on hole #6, which was sponsored by Retail Merchants Association. Carlton Fuqua, playing with the Dewberry team, won closest to the pin on hole #16, which was sponsored by Gateway Health Alliance.

While Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda donated a 2012 Honda Civic for a hole-in-one on hole #10 and Ben David Jewelers donated a one carat diamond for a hole-in-one on hole #16, no lucky golfer was able to find the perfect shot to win either the car or the diamond.

A drawing was also held for prizes that included a SpeedLine Fast 12 ADAMS driver courtesy of First Citizens Bank, a Gents Titanium Citizen Ecodrive watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, a golf bag courtesy of Coca-Cola Bottling, green fees for four at the Westlake Country Club and green fees for four at the Waterfront Country Club courtesy of The Willard Companies.

“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee. “We had beautiful weather and the golfers had a great time. That showed in the low scores that were posted by all of teams.”

“We appreciate the outstanding support from Chamber members and affiliated businesses. We also appreciate their year-round support of the Chamber as we strive to increase the profitability and success of our local business community,” stated Finney.

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<![CDATA[Watch Video of the Women's Business Conference]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Watch-Video-of-the-Womens-Business-Conference/
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Women business leaders shared their stories at a women’s business conference on May 30th at Danville Community College.  The event was streamed live to the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center in South Boston. 

In the first segment, hear from Virginia's Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade Mary Rae Carter, Kristin Springfield (founder and creator of Womanly Journey), Lisa Kipps-Brown (founder of Glerin Business Resources, Inc. in Halifax), and Gretchen Clark (president of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc. in Gretna).  

Click here to watch the first segment...


In the second segment, hear from Doris Chism (founder of Pathways Youth Services, LLC in Scottsburg), Amie Teague (founder of Piedmont Regional Feeding & Oral-Motor Clinic in Danville), Sylvia Josey (owner of Your Stuff & Kids Stuff Consignment Boutiques in Danville), and Karen Johnston (owner of Karen’s Hallmark Shop in Danville).

Click here to watch the second segment... 


The conference was sponsored by the Longwood Small Business Development Center, the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center at Danville Community College, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, the Halifax County Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Small Business Development Centers at George Mason University, and the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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<![CDATA[Spaces Now Available For Trade Show Exhibitors and Sponsors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Spaces-Now-Available-For-Trade-Show-Exhibitors-and-Sponsors/
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The spotlight will be on area businesses at Southside Show-Biz, a business trade show for Danville and Pittsylvania County this fall. Plans are being finalized for the two-day show which will be held on October 16-17 at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville.

This premier event will showcase products and services from leading businesses in our region. With a professionally designed backdrop, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has rolled out the red carpet to attract strong business participation and attendance.

This year’s trade show will begin on Tuesday, October 16, with a VIP reception “by invitation only” for exhibitors and Chamber members from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The trade show will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 17, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. The trade show will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville.

Exhibit space is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Information on exhibit space and sponsorship opportunities has been mailed to Chamber members.

Click here for more information...

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<![CDATA[Members Encouraged to Attend Uranium Working Group Meeting in Chatham]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Members-Encouraged-to-Attend-Uranium-Working-Group-Meeting-in-Chatham/
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In anticipation of legislation in the 2013 session of the Virginia General Assembly around uranium mining and milling in the Commonwealth, the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages business and community leaders to learn about the issue in order to make well-informed decisions.

On Monday, June 18, the Uranium Working Group and the Uranium Mining Subcommittee of the Virginia Coal and Energy Commission will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. at Chatham High School, 100 Cavalier Circle, Chatham. The meeting is open to the public, and the Chamber encourages its members to attend.

Governor McDonnell established the Uranium Working Group (UWG) to provide a scientific policy analysis to help assess whether the moratorium on uranium mining in the Commonwealth should be lifted, and if so, how best to do so. The Directive sets out 18 tasks for the UWG to complete, including the creation of a draft statutory and conceptual regulatory framework which the UWG will present in the series of public meetings with the Uranium Mining Subcommittee of the Coal and Energy Commission. The UWG will provide its findings and final report to the Governor so he can provide an assessment to the General Assembly.

Chamber members who would like to learn more about the issue of uranium mining and milling are also encouraged to visit the following websites for additional information and reports:

There have also been studies conducted by Virginia Beach, the Moran Report, and Fairfax. The links to these studies can be found on the comparison link on the Danville Regional Foundation’s website. There has also been a peer review compiled of the Virginia Beach study (2011) by Kleinfelder West.  The link to this review can be found on Virginia Uranium’s website.

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region - June 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region---June-2012/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  •  The City of Danville received national attention recently at the 2012 Broadband Communities Summit for its work in launching a public “open access” fiber optic broadband network for use by businesses to deliver broadband services to customers. City Manager Joe King presented on Danville's use of the fiber optic broadband network to attract high-tech industries. Read more…

  • Chatham Hall is receiving recognition throughout the region for their innovative use of iPads in the classroom, which has yielded positive results for students and teachers. Read more...
  • A group of community, business, and elected leaders from Thomasville, N. C. recently came to visit Danville to learn about our local efforts in redeveloping former warehouses and factory buildings and efforts to revitalize downtown. Read more...


If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description.

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - May 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---May-2012/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Medical Solutions
Lakesha Redd
1055 Piney Forest Road, Suite F
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-8393
Medical

Virdia, Inc.
John Rutledge
228 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540
434-791-2346
Manufacturers and Processors

White Oak Mountain Meadery
Russell East
455 East Store Lane
Chatham, VA 24531
434-432-4306
Winery



Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between April 19, 2012 – May 22, 2012:

  • Brenda Brokaw Interiors, LLC
  • Capital Outdoor
  • God's Pit Crew, Inc.
  • Hallmark Home Health Care
  • Hamilton Properties of Danville, LLC
  • Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • Lavinder Group and Associates
  • Luna Innovations
  • Orkin Pest Control
  • Owens-Illinois
  • Piedmont Shopper
  • Professional Pharmacy - Walgreens
  • Smith Funeral Services, Inc.
  • South Central Area Health Education Center
  • Stratford Healthcare Center
  • Supply Resources, Inc.
  • Williams Gas Pipeline
  • Coleman B. Yeatts
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<![CDATA[Member News - June 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News---June-2012/
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• The Chick-fil-A Restaurant on Riverside Drive recognized May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month by hosting a fundraiser for the Danville Cancer Association that collected $1,209.72 for the organization. Read more… 

• The Piedmont Access to Health Services pharmacy at 705 Main St. in Danville is open to everyone; customers don’t have to be PATHS patients to get their prescriptions filled, according to a news release. Visit PATHS Community Pharmacy in the first floor of Main Street Center from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. For more information, call (434) 791-4880.

• Buddy’s Home Furnishings, a rent-to-own furniture, appliance, and electronics store, has named Pittsylvania County brothers Chris Moran and Drew Moran as director of operations and store manager, respectively. The duo opened the new store located in Mount Cross Plaza at 365 Lowes Drive in Danville earlier this year. Read more… 

• Supply Resources is pleased to announce the hiring of Jeff Hicks (formerly of Supply One). Jeff will be a Packaging Specialist, selling industrial and retail packaging throughout the region. Jeff comes to SRI with years of packaging experience, both in manufacturing and distribution. Hicks’ hiring is in keeping with the continued growth strategy for SRI.

• In an announcement that drew national media attention, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said it will purchase 63 newspapers, including the Danville Register & Bee, from Media General for $142 million. Read more… 

• The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has awarded 78 scholarships totaling more than $129,000 to area students. Presentations from 31 different scholarship funds within The Community Foundation were made at a scholarship reception held May 6. Read more… 

• Prudential Waterfront Properties is pleased to present the 2012 After 5 Jive at Smith Mountain Lake summer concert series. The first outdoor event will kick-off on Thursday, June 7, 2012 with Project 4 Band performing at Westlake Towne Center, next to Kroger. Read more… 

• Officials at Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced that its Internal Medicine Residency Program has been awarded a five-year accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association. Read more… 

• The City of Danville’s Office of Economic Development recently announced that Web Parts LLC has relocated its computer programming, applications and data center operation to Danville from Guatemala. Web Parts enhances and promotes the use of Open Source Software allowing delivery of superior software products and services at substantial savings to businesses and consumers. The company will start with 10 positions, but it projects to provide 260 new jobs within three years. Also, Hybrid Vehicles of Danville, Inc. (HVDI) will locate its new manufacturing facility and headquarters in Danville, Virginia. Jim Bailey and his wife moved from East Helena, Montana to operate the company in Danville. Hybrid Vehicles will initially hire 25 people with plans over a three-year period to employ at least 150 employees. The three-year capital investment total is expected to be at least $1,500,000.

• Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 12 recipients in nine states for loans and grants to spur economic development and create or save jobs in rural areas. Included among the 12 recipients was Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative which received a $175,000 loan to help a glass company purchase equipment and renovate a building. Read more…

• See the biggest names in stock car racing on the track at VIRginia International Raceway as they test in preparation for upcoming road race courses. Come and watch teams from Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush Racing, Petty Racing and more for NASCAR Open Test Days scheduled for May 29-30. Tickets available at www.VIRnow.com/buy-tickets/. Also, the American Le Mans Series, presented by Tequila Patron, test days are scheduled for June 13-14. Join VIR as they welcome the American Le Mans Series for the very first time.

• Schewel Furniture Co., a retail furniture firm, celebrated its 115th Anniversary in May with a host of special events and promotions honoring the family-owned retail furniture business and the customers who have been integral to the company’s success. Read more… 

• A Pittsylvania County winery is looking for vendors for its annual Summer Festival. Tomahawk Mill Winery is holding its 16th annual Summer Festival from 1 to 6 p.m. on July 28 at its vineyard at 9221 Anderson Mill Road near Chatham. Six wineries will be participating. Live bands will provide entertainment. Food and craft vendors will be on hand with unique food and collectable items. The winery is accepting applications for craft vendors. Call 434-432-1063 for more information.

• As part of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research’s new partnership with Sodexo, the two have teamed up to serve as a resource for creating a healthier community. Danville’s new dining option, Megabytes, is open daily Monday through Friday and provides fresh and healthy breakfast and lunch options. Read more… 

• The Town of Gretna has received a $10,500 grant to study downtown properties for possible Historic District nomination. The Department of Historic Resources completed a preliminary evaluation of Gretna in December 2010 and recommended that a study be done. The town was notified in March that $10,500 would be available to hire qualified consultants to conduct the historic survey.

• Averett University announced its 2011-12 outstanding faculty and outstanding staff members of the year. Patricia Horne, assistant professor of education, was named the outstanding faculty member of the year. Stephanie Mullins, associate director of admissions and transfer counselor, was named the outstanding staff member of the year. Read more… 

• Anne Moore-Sparks, the project manager with Danville’s Office of Economic Development that has been working on downtown revitalization, has resigned to join Gateway Health Alliance. Read more… 

• Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced that the Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center (DDIC), has been awarded a three‐year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology. Read more… 

• The City of Danville’s Office of Economic Development announced the availability of a new River District blog. The blog has been created to keep downtown stakeholders and the public informed of projects specific to the River District. Read more… 

• The City of Danville received national attention recently at a broadband summit for its work in launching a public “open access” fiber optic broadband network for use by businesses to deliver broadband services to customers. Read more… 

• First Piedmont Corp. based in Chatham announced that Mark Daniel joined its sales force. Daniel will cover Danville and Pittsylvania, Halifax, Person (N.C.), Caswell (N.C.) and Rockingham (N.C.) counties for the waste hauling and disposal company. Read more… 

• Glenda Boswell, executive assistant to the president, has retired from Danville Community College. She devoted 50 years of her professional life to Virginia. Read more… 

• Danville Regional Medical Center announced in May that it plans to open a primary care clinic with extended hours in
the Mount Hermon area. The Family Health Center- Mount Hermon would be a walk-in clinic treating everyone from newborns to the elderly for either check-ups or sick visits. Read more… 

• WBTM was among the big winners at the 2012 Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Award Banquet held at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Richmond. Read more… 

• Mark C. Wallace, an assistant professor of history at Danville Community College, has been awarded a three-month Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities located in Edinburgh, Scotland. Read more… 

• Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab recently celebrated a re-opening of a new facility. The new center, DOAR East, is located at 1481 South Boston Highway, Suite E, Danville. Read more… 

• The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has awarded five scholarships to area graduates to help pay for their college expenses. Each scholarship is worth $500 and was given in the fields of information technology, sustainable and renewable resources, and performance engineering. Read more… 

• William M. “Bill” Graham of Chesapeake has made a gift of $100,000 to Hargrave Military Academy to update and improve the school’s facilities to better serve its cadets. His funding is the lead gift on a $200,000 project to upgrade the academy’s entire campus-wide Information technology infrastructure. Read more… 

• The new owners of Riverside Lanes have begun remodeling and updating the facilities to include synthetic lanes, new scoring systems, and more. Read more… 

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<![CDATA[Chamber Celebrates Excellence at the Annual Awards Dinner]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Celebrates-Excellence-at-the-Annual-Awards-Dinner/
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Excellence, creativity, and celebration filled the air at this year’s Chamber Awards Dinner on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. The Chamber recognized Educators of the Year from the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County, NC with three educators receiving $2,500 each. The Chamber also awarded the Pinnacle Award to Danville Regional Medical Center for their strong impact on the local economy.

In addition, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce recognized Congressman Robert Hurt with the “Spirit of Enterprise Award” during the Chamber’s dinner. More details below.

Keynote speaker, Lou Heckler, shared his six leadership choices through humorous stories and observations in remarks that focused on “Shine Like the Stars.”

Heckler has been making a living from the printed and spoken word since he was 14, ranging from a community news column when he was a teenager to television to public speaking. Heckler began his full-time speaking career in March of 1980, performing keynote speeches and conducting training seminars on a variety of management topics. Heckler was voted one of the favorite speakers by meeting planners as listed in Meetings and Conventions Magazine in July 2010.



Robert Hurt Recognized with "Spirit of Enterprise" award

U.S. Representative Robert Hurt, who represents the 5th District of Virginia that includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, was presented with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's prestigious "Spirit of Enterprise" award at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville.

The Spirit of Enterprise award is given annually to members of Congress based on rankings the U.S. Chamber gives for key business votes outlined in its yearly publication, How They Voted. The U.S. Chamber's designated "key votes" are recorded floor votes on issues established as priorities by the national chamber, on which the U.S. Chamber informs Congress of its position on prior to the vote. Senators and House members who support the Chamber's position on at least 70% of these key votes receive the "Spirit of Enterprise" award.

Hurt was presented the award by Robert Purser, Southeast Regional Manager of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Recognizes Outstanding Educators]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Recognizes-Outstanding-Educators/
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In recognition of the great work that many of our teachers are doing in our region, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce recognized educators from across the region and presented three with cash awards of $2,500 each at the Annual Awards Dinner on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

“As the Chamber and other area organizations work to transform our economy, a strong educational system provides the foundation for our work. Our region has made monumental strides in recent years. We continue to see our schools and our students excel,” commented Chamber Chair Charles Haynsworth III in making the presentations.

“The Chamber realizes that strong schools are the result of a dedicated team including educators, students, parents, and the community working together,” Haynsworth added. “Each year the Chamber recognizes those on the front line of education in our region – our outstanding educators, who exemplify the highest degree of professionalism, care, and concern for the academic performance of our students.”

Through the generous sponsorship of the Danville Regional Foundation, the Chamber was able to enrich its recognition with the inclusion of cash awards for three exceptional teachers from our region who were chosen as the overall Educators of the Year. In addition, the Foundation's support will allow the Chamber to sponsor a creativity workshop to be held this fall for all of the school winners.

“We believe that this cadre of teachers brings a wealth of creativity that we hope to expand throughout the region,” Haynsworth said.

Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School, Alicia Elaine Hightower of Westwood Middle School, and Emily Potts of Tunstall High School were recognized as the region’s overall Educators of the Year. The three received $2,500 each for their personal or professional development.

While Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School in Pittsylvania County, who was the overall Elementary School winner, only has five years of teaching experience, she has already made significant strides in improving student achievement. She uses her skills and talents to equipment students in special education who have emotional disabilities to work in the regular classroom setting. Jones has indicated that she will use her award to purchase iPads for the classroom because studies have shown that students who use iPads score higher on literacy tests, which Jones says will not only benefit her class but the school and the school system.

Alicia Elaine Hightower of Westwood Middle School in Danville was selected as the overall Middle School winner for 2012. With 18 years of teaching experience, she currently teaches 8th Grade Pre-Algebra, and has won numerous awards during her career as an educator. Hightower says that she has come to realize that the biggest accomplishment may not be the impact she’s made on students, but the impact they have made on her. Hightower has indicated that she will use her award to purchase a Smart Board for her classroom. If funds remain, she would like to be a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and attend their annual conference.

Emily Potts of Tunstall High School was named the overall High School winner for 2012. With 11 years of teaching experience, she is currently an English teacher in the 10th and 12th grades. Potts says that she tries to balance structure and discipline in her classroom with creativity and free expression. Potts has indicated that she will use her award to attend a two-week Shakespeare workshop for teachers at The Globe Theater in London over the summer of 2013.

In addition to the overall winners, the following educators were selected as the Educators of the Year for their school divisions:

  • In Danville, the Elementary School Educator of the Year is Faye Y. Moorman of W. Townes Lea Elementary School. The Middle School Educator of the Year is Alicia E. Hightower of Westwood Middle School. The High School Educator of the Year is Kevin A. Woodard of Galileo High School.
  • In Pittsylvania County, the Elementary School Educator of the Year is Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School. The Middle School Educator of the Year is Kate Wells of Tunstall Middle School. The High School Educator of the Year is Emily Potts of Tunstall High School.
  • In Caswell County, NC, the Elementary School Educator of the Year is Lea A. Hodnett of Stoney Creek Elementary. The Middle School Educator of the Year is Sherri M. Crumpton of N.L. Dillard Middle School.

The winners for the schools from throughout our region are:

From Danville:

  • Janice J. Guill of Forest Hills Elementary School
  • Christle C. Fallen of Glenwood Elementary School
  • Jaimee Emswiler of G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School
  • Kristle Y. Jackson of Grove Park Preschool
  • Lottie Hudson of I.W. Taylor Elementary School
  • Kelly Mayhugh of Park Avenue Elementary School
  • Melissa S. Maxey of Schoolfield Elementary School
  • Faye Y. Moorman of W. Townes Lea Elementary School
  • Amy H. Lane of Woodberry Hills Elementary School
  • Doris D. Thornton of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
  • Clara L. Yeatts of Carlisle School - Danville Campus
  • Kimberley Snow of Sacred Heart School
  • Kimberly K. Agnor of E.A. Gibson Middle School
  • Kathleen Mitchell of O.T. Bonner Middle School
  • Alicia E. Hightower of Westwood Middle School
  • Kevin A. Woodard of Galileo High School
  • Tiana Taylor of George Washington High School
  • Jamie Craft of John M. Langston Focus School
  • Brian K. Patty of W.W. Moore Jr. Education Center

From Pittsylvania County:

  • M. Elizabeth Shorter of Brosville Elementary School
  • Carol M. Moorefield of Chatham Elementary School
  • Linda A. Gibson of Gretna Elementary School
  • Jacqueline L. Harding of John L. Hurt Jr. Elementary School
  • Angela Jones of Kentuck Elementary School
  • Carolyn P. Doss of Mt. Airy Elementary School
  • Wendy M. Dunevant of Southside Elementary School
  • Lisa J. Smith of Stony Mill Elementary School
  • Wanda P. Carter of Twin Springs Elementary School
  • Deborah T. Osborne of Union Hall Elementary School
  • Sandra A. Evans of Chatham Middle School
  • Cynthia G. Shields of Gretna Middle School
  • Diane M. Jones of Dan River Middle School
  • Kate Wells of Tunstall Middle School
  • Daniel Tittiris of Chatham High School
  • Jennifer J. Trail of Dan River High School
  • Billy Shields of Gretna High School
  • J. Herbert Hardy of Pittsylvania Career & Tech Center
  • Emily Potts of Tunstall High School
  • Harold Hofer of Hargrave Military Academy

From Caswell County:

  • Emily Smith of North Elementary School
  • DelShana D. LeGrant of Oakwood Elementary School
  • Justin Scruggs of South Elementary School
  • Lea A. Hodnett of Stoney Creek Elementary
  • Sherri M. Crumpton of N.L. Dillard Middle School
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<![CDATA[Danville Regional Medical Center Wins Chamber's Pinnacle Award]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Danville-Regional-Medical-Center-Wins-Chambers-Pinnacle-Award/
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Danville Regional Medical Center was awarded the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Pinnacle Award at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Chamber on May 14th at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

This is the second year that the Chamber has presented the Pinnacle Award. Averett University received the award in 2011.

In presenting the award, Chamber Chair Charles Haynsworth III of Office Plus Business Centre noted, “This year’s winner is no stranger to those of us in this room. I would probably venture to guess that every person in this room has a personal experience with this organization.”

Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC), which has been part of the community for more than 120 years, is the second largest private employer in Danville. DRMC contributes significantly to our region’s economy with an annual payroll of $67.5 million and more than 1,100 employees. Last year, the organization paid $2.2 million in taxes to support our city, county, and state.

DRMC has also invested over $5.1 million in their facilities to ensure the most advanced technology available in our region. In an economic impact report compiled by Chmura Economics & Analytics, DRMC impacted our region’s economy by $189 million in spending in 2009 that supported 2,081 jobs. On the state level, the impact was $228.3 million that sustained 2,287 jobs.

DRMC is also extremely active in our community. They support United Way, the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Clubs, Danville Community College, the Free Clinic, God’s Storehouse, House of Hope, and Averett University, to name a few. “This organization is very visible and actively involved,” stressed Haynsworth. Their involvement, however, does not stop at the local level as CEO Eric Deaton was appointed to the Virginia State Board of Health to ensure our region’s voice is represented at the state level.

“This organization has a strong affiliation with Duke University Health System to ensure that our citizens and businesses have the best quality healthcare possible,” Haynsworth continued. “ They are regularly recruiting high level professional jobs to our region and have started a residency program to expand their services while attracting new physicians to our community.” In 2012, they will have 50 residents with an economic impact in our community of $3.6 million.

“Because of their commitment to having a healthier community, they have expanded their family healthcare center network. Last year they opened a center in Brosville and earlier this month they broke ground in the Mt. Hermon community. Plans are underway for Gretna and Route 58 East,” added Haynsworth.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t take a minute to comment about the leader of this great organization. If you look at the CEO’s name badge, it doesn’t say CEO. It says ‘Chief Servant,’ and it’s not just words to him,” acknowledged Haynsworth. “This man truly believes through his words and his actions that he has been placed in a position of leadership to serve. He treats his co-workers, his customers, and the community with dignity and respect. He leads by courage and integrity.”

The Chamber's Board of Directors presents the Pinnacle Award to a business or organization whose outstanding achievements serve as a model for success.

Based on the guidelines, the recipient of the Pinnacle Award should be distinguished as an influential business or organization that has made a strong local economic impact. The recipient’s leadership and dedication to a variety of interests should contribute significantly to the socio-economic prosperity of the Danville-Pittsylvania County region. The recipient should be respected professionally and throughout the community for commitment to excellence and vision for future generations.

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<![CDATA[Get Taste of Southside Tickets!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Get-Taste-of-Southside-Tickets/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend an evening of celebrating local foods and wines at their newest event, “A Taste of Southside” to be held on Wednesday, June 20. A variety of local restaurants will be on hand serving up samples of their specialties so that you can get a taste of the best of eateries serving our community.

“A Taste of Southside” will be held at the Danville Community Market on Wednesday, June 20, from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Chamber office is selling VIP tickets for $30, which includes everything you will need for a night of great food and fun – unlimited food tastings from participating restaurants, local wine, beer, and live entertainment from Small Town Orchestra. Must be 21 or older to purchase a VIP ticket.

To order your tickets, please contact the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990 or visit their website at www.dpchamber.org (Direct link to ticket sales: http://business.dpchamber.org/Events/details/taste-of-southside-2012). Only 500 tickets will be sold, so place your order today!

Food and wine vendors include the following: Chick-fil-A, VIR’s Oak Tree Tavern, SleepyGoat Cheese, Checkered Pig BBQ & Ribs, The Highlander Restaurant, Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, the Institute Conference Center by Sodexo, Ruby Tuesday, Kickback Jack’s, The Homeplace Vineyard, and Tomahawk Mill Winery. For any other restaurants or caterers wishing to participate, please contact the Chamber office as soon as possible to secure your spot as space is limited.
 

Special thanks to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors:
Danville Regional Medical Center
WSET

Entertainment Sponsor:
Centra

Additional Sponsors:
Danville Distributing Company
Lawrence Distributing Company
Pepsi Beverages Company


Click here to order tickets online!

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region - May 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region---May-2012/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  • JTI Leaf Services recently donated $400,000 to Danville for the design and build of a fountain that will be placed on the city's "100 percent" corner at the intersection of Main and Craghead streets. This donation accompanies similar efforts by the city to revitalize downtown Danville. Read more...

  • Danville and Pittsylvania County have recently celebrated several ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings for new businesses including Virginia Candle Co., Virdia, Dollar General, Family Healthcare Center in Mount Hermon, and more. We are proud of the job and industry growth these ribbon cutting represent for our communities.
  • The Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex recently hosted the 64th Annual Pittsylvania-Caswell Junior Livestock Show and Sale, which is aimed at educating young people and encouraging leadership development. 


If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description. 

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<![CDATA[Chamber's Annual Awards Dinner Set for May 14]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chambers-Annual-Awards-Dinner-Set-for-May-14/
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When the membership of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce comes together for the 2012 Annual Awards Dinner, it will be a time of celebration. The dinner will be held on Monday, May 14, at 6 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.

In recognition of the innovation and outstanding contributions made by organizations and businesses in our region, the Chamber will salute the Pinnacle Award winner and the Educator of the Year award winners.

In addition to the awards presentation, keynote remarks will be provided by Lou Heckler who was voted one of the favorite speakers by meeting planners as listed in Meetings and Conventions Magazine in 2010. Heckler’s remarks will focus on “Shine Like the Stars.”


About Lou Heckler

Heckler has been making a living from the printed and spoken word since he was 14. In his teenage years, he was hired to do a community news column for "The Signal Item," a weekly newspaper near his hometown in Pittsburgh, PA.
While Heckler was receiving dual degrees in Journalism and Radio-TV-Motion Pictures at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he also served as news editor and anchorman on the WUNC-TV public television system. By the time he was graduated from the University, he had already logged over 1,000 live television broadcasts.

Heckler joined the US Army six months after graduation. During his two and a half years of service, Heckler served as a speech instructor and course supervisor at the Defense Information School (then at Fort Harrison, IN). The school trained broadcasters and public affairs people for all the US military branches and for military personnel and civilians from many foreign countries. On the weekends, he was a news anchorman at WTTV, an independent television station serving Bloomington and Indianapolis, IN.

When Heckler returned to television, he first served as News Director of an NBC television affiliate in Richmond, VA and then as Community Affairs Director at WBTV in Charlotte. For the last year and half of Lou’s television career, he served WBTV’s parent corporation (Jefferson Pilot Communications) as its management training director.

Always of an entrepreneurial spirit, Heckler began his full-time speaking career in March of 1980, performing keynote speeches and conducting training seminars on a variety of management topics.

The University of Michigan tapped Heckler to join the adjunct faculty at their Executive Education Center (part of the Graduate School of Business Administration) and that launched a 19-year relationship during which Lou led more than 200 programs for the University in Ann Arbor, as well as a number of on-site programs in New York City, Hong Kong, Atlantic City, Chicago, and a number of cities throughout Michigan. He maintained this post while still at the helm of his own business.


Attending the Annual Awards Dinner


“This year’s dinner will highlight the creativity and innovation that will serve as the catalyst for the transformation of our region,” commented Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE. “We have many stars in our region and look forward to recognizing all of them at our awards dinner.”

A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the Annual Awards Dinner are $35 each. Corporate table sponsorships are available for $400 and include eight tickets. Tickets should be purchased in advance from the Chamber office by Tuesday, May 8.

If you need additional information on tickets or sponsorships, please contact the Chamber at 836-6990, email the Chamber office at chamber@dpchamber.org, or visit the Chamber’s website at www.dpchamber.org.

Click here to RSVP!

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<![CDATA[Chamber President Testifies Before House Committee]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-President-Testifies-Before-House-Committee/
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Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee on April 17, 2012. Moran also serves as the chair of the National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB).

Moran was invited to testify by Representative John Kline of Minnesota, chair of the Education and the Workforce Committee, on HR 4297, “The Workforce Investment Improvement Act of 2012.” Moran was one of four individuals from around the country who was invited to testify.

“It was an honor and privilege to represent our Chamber, our region, and our country’s workforce system by providing our Chamber and our national association’s position on workforce issues,” Moran commented.

In her remarks, Moran commended both the Republicans and Democrats on the committee for introducing Workforce Investment Act (WIA) reauthorization bills this year. “It has been 15 years since we have reauthorized WIA and it was built for a very different point of time when there was very low unemployment with employers starving for workers at all levels in our workforce. It is badly in need of an upgrade and both bills make major strides to ensure that employers have the opportunity to hire skilled workers and job seekers have a chance to regain employment in a difficult job market,” Moran commented.

Moran stressed the importance of employer-led workforce boards, and local flexibility and control in determining how funding is allocated to meet the needs of unique communities with varying workforce needs. Moran also urged members of the committee to adopt a bipartisan bill as the needs within our workforce system are not partisan issues. “For 40 years, programs and funding for workforce initiatives and skills development have received bi-partisan support. The future of our workforce is not a political party’s issue. It’s America’s issue,” stressed Moran.

Following testimony by the four witnesses who were invited to testify, members of the committee had an opportunity to make remarks and ask questions of the four.

Congressman Robert Hurt, who represents Virginia’s 5th District which includes Danville and Pittsylvania County, attended and participated in the hearing. “I would like to thank Representative Hurt for attending the hearing and showing his interest in the workforce issues of our nation and our region,” Moran said. “His presence and support was greatly appreciated.”

For a copy of Moran’s written testimony or to watch the hearing, visit the committee’s website at www.edworkforce.house.gov under “Hearings & Legislation.”

Click here to view a webcast of the hearing... 

Click here to view a copy of Laurie Moran's remarks...

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<![CDATA[Applications Being Accepted for 2012-13 Class of Leadership Southside]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Applications-Being-Accepted-for-2012-13-Class-of-Leadership-Southside/
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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012-13 class of Leadership Southside. The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is July 2, 2012.

Leadership Southside, presented by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, is an interactive and informative program that offers skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia. The program is designed to identify and develop potential community leaders in order to build an alliance of the finest leaders for present and future leadership needs. The Leadership Southside program strives to bring together individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who have demonstrated talent and commitment for leadership and expand that potential.

Leadership Southside develops leadership skills by providing information, education, experience, and exchange of ideas. Sessions have included orientation, leadership skills and development, team building, community issues and opportunities, leadership of a business, leadership issues in economic development and workforce development, leadership in education, leadership of a nonprofit organization, effecting change, cultural diversity, and local and state government.

Leadership Southside has been revamped so that the required time commitment better accommodates the schedules of our participants. Leadership Southside XIX will begin in September 2012 with an orientation and will be followed by 8 monthly programs. Rather than moving into a project phase following the programs as past classes have done, the class will incorporate project elements into the first 8 months and will graduate in May 2013.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer. Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at llawson@dpchamber.org. Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

View a PDF of the application here...

See a flyer with more information about the Leadership Southside program here... 

The deadline for applications is July 2, 2012.

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<![CDATA[Member News - May 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News---May-2012/
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• “A Night at the Races,” a Kentucky Derby themed Gala, is planned for May 11. The event is coordinated by a group of MBA students from Averett University on behalf of HAVEN. It will be held at the Danville Golf Club from 7pm until 10:30pm. There will be a ladies hat contest, food, all beverages included, dancing, and even fun “betting” stations for prizes such as spa packages, an iPad, and an Atlanta Braves ticket package. Tickets are $50 each, which includes an open bar and optional transportation home. The tickets will be on sale at Danville Toyota Scion. For more information call Teresa Wiseman at 434-822-0300.

EcomNets’ Danville facility announced that it will now serve as a data center in response to demand. “We are modifying our original direction to make the establishment of the data center our primary strategic focus for the Danville facility,” said Raj Kosuri, EcomNets founder and chief executive. Read more… 

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative announced that its power supplier, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, has received the 2012 National Community Service Award for Community Investment from The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Read more… 

• Eight Prudential Waterfront Properties REALTORS® were recognized for exemplifying great sales measures in closed residential GCI or closed residential units for 2011. A breakdown of the awards winners are as follows: Chairman’s Circle Platinum, Vicki Millehan & Debbie Shelton; Chairman’s Circle Gold, Jane Sullivan Horne; Leading Edge, Eric and Tom “Team” Fansler; and Honor Society Award, Van Daniel, Michelle Turner, and Dana Montgomery.

• A three-man team of electric-line workers from Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative competed in the 10th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman’s Rodeo on March 31 at the Caroline County Agricultural Fairgrounds near Ruther Glen. Utility companies from all over the region sent the best of their best to compete in the event with teams from 14 electric utilities participating in the two-day event. Read more… 

Lone Star Steakhouse in Danville raised $536 for the Children’s Miracle Network during its Dine and Donate charity night on March 29. “Lone Star’s partnership with Children’s Miracle Network’s began last year, and we take pride in being part of something special to help children in our local community,” said General Manager Scott Lang in a news release. Read more… 

 Captain Copy is moving from its downtown Danville location as Piedmont Printing & Graphics takes over its custom print work. A majority of Captain Copy’s staff and owner Tim Hilliard will transition to Piedmont Printing at 521 Monroe Street, Danville. Both firms have been in business in Danville for the past 23 years and are combining experience and knowledge with a total of 12 employees.

Danville Community College has added an entertaining degree program to its current curriculum. The college’s Gaming and Mobile Application Specialization is designed for students who want to work developing video games, simulations, or mobile applications. Read more… 

• Another piece of the plan for the River District fell into place when Japan Tobacco International donated $400,000 to Danville to design and build the fountain that is a key element in redesigning the city’s “100 percent” corner — the intersection of Main and Craghead streets. Read more… 

 Sellers Insurance and Pruitt Insurance have merged to bring you a bigger staff, more companies, lower rates, and better coverage. Call Ginger Sellers at 434-822-1025 or stop by her office at 610 North Ridge Street, Danville for more information.

Essel Propack, a global leader in manufacturing laminate and plastic tubes, has received its ISO 9001:2008 re-certification, for its quality management system at its Danville manufacturing facility. “Achieving ISO 9001:2008 re-certification marks another significant milestone for EsseI Propack,” said Ted Sojourner, vice president of the Americas region in a statement. “It is clearly a result of our organization working together to ensure the highest quality products and service for our customers.” Read more… 

• American Electric Power CEO Nick Akins and the chief operating officer of Appalachian Power, Charles Patton, visited Averett University for the first time during a reception honoring former Averett board chairman and Dan River Inc., CEO, Lester Hudson. Akins gave a one-time $25,000 donation on behalf of the AEP Foundation to The Hudson Scholarship, which was endowed by Lester and Jane Hudson. Read more… 

• Danville Life Saving Crew trained responders to use the new Lifenet System that Danville Regional Medical Centerhas acquired. The system is a complete software infrastructure that allows pre-hospital providers to transmit diagnostic electric heart data and other information from defibrillator and monitor devices used in the field directly to the Emergency Department or cardiac catheterization lab. Emergency responders can more quickly confirm heart attacks after a patient suffers chest pains and dials 911.

Danville Utilities earned recognition as a Reliable Public Power Provider from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Read more… 

Danville Utilities received the American Public Power Association’s Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices in 2011. The utility placed earned first place among electric utilities with 110,000 to 249,000 worker-hours of annual worker exposure. Read more… 

• Get Fit Dan River Region recently received more than $428,000 in funding from the Danville Regional Foundation to continue improving the region’s health this year and next year. Some funding is also carried over from its first 18-month grant of more than $540,000 since Get Fit’s inception in 2010. Since then, Get Fit established relationships with partners to help residents improved their nutrition and increase their physical activity, said program director Stephanie Ferrugia.

DanChem Technologies Inc. in Danville expects to manufacture green chemicals for a Montana-based startup in DTI’s soon-to-be finished pilot facility later this year. Rivertop Renewables, a renewable chemicals company based in Missoula, Mont., contracted with DTI to produce plant sugar-based chemicals that can then be used to make bio-based products using a process Rivertop developed. Read more… 

Pittsylvania County officials announced that Virginia Candle Co., a Lynchburg business that makes and sells WoodWick and Ribbonwick candle brands, is bringing its distribution and warehousing operations as well as some light manufacturing to the former eToys location. Read more… 

Piedmont Mall has begun instituting its “Family First” policy where youth 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian from 6 – 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The policy is in place at the other 17 enclosed malls operated by new Piedmont Mall owner, Hull Storey Gibson Companies. Read more… 

• Hargrave Military Academy’s Curtis English Center was rededicated in April following an extensive refurbishment. Hargrave President Brigadier General Don Broome recognized English and William “Billy” Simpson, whose donation along with a donation from his son, R. Scott Simpson, made the new look possible.

Danville Regional Medical Center recently receiveded full accreditation status from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Danville Region underwent a rigorous evaluation by the society to become an accredited chest pain center. Read more… 

CenturyLink has received the 2011 Consumers’ Choice Award for “Best Landline Telephone Service Provider for Customer Value Enhancement” from Frost & Sullivan, a business research and consulting firm. The award, based on consumers’ evaluations of their landline telephone service providers, recognizes CenturyLink’s focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive in the areas of service quality, price, and customer service. Read more… 

Dewberry, a leading professional services firm, announces the election of Barry K. Dewberry to the position of chairman of the board. Sidney O. Dewberry, outgoing chairman, will transition into the role of chairman emeritus and founder. Barry Dewberry has most recently served as vice chairman. Read more… 

HealthSource of the Triad is pleased to announce the grand opening of our new office in Reidsville. As part of the Reidsville Grand Opening all HealthSource of the Triad offices will offering new patients a FREE Consultation, sEMG exam, and a health screening to track down your pain. Stop in to any of our office locations in Greensboro, High Point, Reidsville, or Danville for more information.

• Former WAKG-FM radio personality Blake Dalton has signed on to begin hosting the “Most Music Morning Show” on Danville’s 1045 The Dan (WWDN AM-FM) beginning on April 30. Blake will be on the air Monday-Saturday between 6am and noon, and will launch the “104-Minute Commercial Free Dan River of Music” each weekday. Read more… 

• April was Autism Awareness Month and Averett University celebrated World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd by "Lighting It Up Blue." Averett’s columns at Main Hall featured blue spotlights to help shine a light on autism. Light It Up Blue, in its third year, is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. A photo is posted on Averett’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AverettU.

Blue Ridge Power Agency has moved. New contact information is 730 W Main Street, P. O. Box 2310, Salem, VA 24153; phone: (540) 378-0193; fax: (540) 378-0195.

Danville Register & Bee journalists won an impressive 22 awards for writing, photography, and design at the Virginia Press Association Annual Meeting. The staff won a first-place award in the in-depth/investigative category for the series, “Life After Dan River Inc.” and photographer Steven Mantilla won an unprecedented 10 awards. Sports writer Damien Sordelett won a first-place award for his sports writing portfolio, Editor Robert Benson won a first place for editorial writing, and former reporter Steve Doane captured a third-place award in the public safety writing category. Read more… 

Davenport & Company is pleased to announce that Jo Ann Dalton Motley has been promoted to Associate Vice President.

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - April 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---April-2012/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

“The Brick” Running & Tri Store
Adam Jones, Owner
410A Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-799-5957
Specialty Shop

Pruitt & Sellers Insurance
Pete Pruitt & Ginger Sellers
610 North Ridge Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-793-7383
Insurance

Trophy & Sign Center
Eddie Hundley, President
123 Wooding Avenue
Danville, VA 24541
434-793-7446
Retailers

Willow Oaks Plantation
Shelley Rice, Sales Manager
432 Willow Oaks Drive, Eden, NC
PO Box 9716
Greensboro, NC 27429
336-937-4568


Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between March 21, 2012 – April 18, 2012:

  • Advanced Building Technologies Incorporated
  • Alcova Mortgage
  • Awards & Trophy Shop & Custom Framing
  • Chatham Animal Clinic
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Custom Embroidery Inc.
  • Danville Tree Care
  • DocuSystems Company, Inc.
  • Essel Propack
  • Friedrichs Family Eye Center
  • GemStone - Professional Services Consultants
  • General Aviation, Inc.
  • HealthSource of Danville
  • Johnson CPA, PLLC & Consulting
  • Leesville Lake Association Inc.
  • Maddyzack Inc. Marketing Services
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Nationwide Insurance - Brandon Scearce Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Orkin Pest Control
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Piedmont Maid Service
  • Premier Graphics
  • Professional Pharmacy - Walgreens
  • Raymond James Financial Services, Inc.
  • ReyChem Co., A Div. of Reynolds Chemical Co.
  • Roots & Shoots Landscaping, Inc.
  • State Farm Insurance & Financial Services
  • Telvista, Inc.
  • Triangle Cycles North
  • Verizon 
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<![CDATA[American National Honors Students in Ceremony for Financial Literacy Achievement]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/American-National-Honors-Students-in-Ceremony-for-Financial-Literacy-Achievement/
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Students at George Washington High School received certification in financial literacy after completing the My Money, My FutureSM Financial Literacy Program, made possible with the financial support of local sponsor American National Bank and Trust Company. The event honoring the students’ achievements was held on Monday, April 23, 2012, in the George Washington High School Library.

George Washington High School teamed with American National Bank and Trust Company to incorporate the EverFi Financial Literacy E-Learning Platform into students’ existing curricula. This online program uses the latest in new media technologies – adaptive-pathing, 3-D gaming, social networking, online animations, video and messaging tools to bring complex financial concepts to life. Using the EverFi platform, George Washington High School students have become certified in more than 600 topics in personal finance, such as budgeting, saving, using credit cards wisely and financing higher education.

Students graduating from the My Money, My FutureSM Financial Literacy Program will have the knowledge to help them make the right decisions when it comes to personal financial management. By participating in this program, George Washington High School is taking the lead on a statewide financial literacy initiative powered by EverFi. The partnership represents an innovative private-sector solution to our education system – implementing programs that provide students with the critical life skills to help them succeed – at no cost to the taxpayer. The EverFi program is now in more than 3,000 high schools across the United States.

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<![CDATA[Junior Leadership Southside III Graduates 20, 3 Graduating Seniors Receive Averett University Scholarship]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Junior-Leadership-Southside-III-Graduates-20-3-Graduating-Seniors-Receive-Averett-University-Scholarship/
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On Saturday, April 21st, the third Junior Leadership Southside class graduated in a ceremony held at Danville Community College’s Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training. Junior Leadership Southside is an eight month program that provides leadership orientation and development to local high school students. The program includes monthly sessions ranging from three to six hours in length and held on school holidays, after school, and on Saturdays. The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce wishes to congratulate the following Junior Leadership Southside III graduates:

  • Taleia Barksdale – George Washington High School
  • John Bennett – George Washington High School
  • Rachel Boyd – Dan River High School
  • Sarah Crews - George Washington High School
  • Josh Estabrook – Westover Christian Academy
  • Jalen Frazier – George Washington High School
  • Cierra Gunter – Tunstall High School
  • Dalton Heath – Tunstall High School
  • Sarah Jo Hite – Dan River High School
  • Madina Kamilova – George Washington High School
  • Emily MacLeish – Tunstall High School
  • Austin Moran – Gretna High School
  • Angelica Orlikowski – George Washington High School
  • Katelyn Riddle – Dan River High School
  • John Robinson – George Washington High School
  • Rebecca-Ann Shelton – Dan River High School
  • Simone Stratton – George Washington High School
  • Sarah Turner – George Washington High School
  • Curtis Wells – Tunstall High School
  • Jake Whittaker – Tunstall High School

 “Our Junior Leadership Southside class has been very successful and we are so proud of our new graduates.” remarked Laurie Moran, CCE, President of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. The program began with an orientation at the Chamber’s Blairs office in September 2011.  Monthly sessions included speakers and panelists who provided a holistic approach to leadership orientation and development.  Sessions were held at local business venues and participants were exposed to leadership development activities and opportunities in the Southside Region.  During the graduation ceremony, participants used their own creative voices to explain what the program has meant to them. 

Pre- and Post- program participant assessments from the past three years show measured improvement in understanding of and interest in community affairs, knowledge of the roles of differing personalities in leadership and group dynamics, ability and willingness to take initiative and get change started in our community, and leadership concept comprehension. 

3 Junior Leadership Southside graduates were awarded the Averett University Junior Leadership Southside Scholarship.  Congratulations to these recipients:

  • Jalen Frazier, George Washington High School
  • Cierra Gunter, Tunstall High School
  • Jake Whittaker, Tunstall High School

The Averett University Junior Leadership Southside Scholarship is a $5,000 renewable scholarship available to every high school student who completes the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce's Junior Leadership Southside Program and attends Averett University. The scholarship can be utilized for up to four years for a total award of $20,000 and is awarded over and above any merit scholarships for which the student may be eligible.  "We want to recognize these students' accomplishments and to make it possible for these emerging leaders to remain here in our region," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "These students represent some of our area's best and brightest talents.  They are our future leaders.  We are pleased to be able to offer these students Averett scholarships and the opportunity to experience the benefits of an Averett education." 



Junior Leadership Southside is currently accepting applications for its fourth program year.
    
Participants will be selected based on applications and references submitted.  Applications are due on June 1st, 2012.  A tuition of $195 will be used to defray the expense of monthly sessions.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request. City of Danville Public School students may apply for an Advantage Grant to cover the cost of tuition.

Sponsorship information, program information, and program application packets are available on the Chamber’s website (www.dpchamber.org) or by contacting the Chamber at 434.836.6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org.

 

 

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<![CDATA[UVA President Speaks in Danville]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/UVA-President-Speaks-in-Danville/
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UVA PresidentUniversity of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan came to Danville yesterday evening to discuss the importance of higher education and research as the engine of the economy. 

Sullivan pointed out that with the losses of certain industries, such as tobacco and textiles, comes the need for economic development through university research. This research is responsible for giving life to new industries, especially those implementing new technologies. Sullivan argued that a focus on techonology-driven education and research has the potential to make a serious impact on the economic growth of Southside Virginia. 

This lecture was part of the University of Virginia's Engaging the Mind Public Lecture Series and was presented in partnership with the Danville Pittysylvania County Chamber of Commerce.  

See other local media covering this story:

WSET

Danville Register & Bee

 

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: March 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-March-2012/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  • The City of Danville was recently awarded the 2012 Community Economic Development Award by the Virginia Economic Developers Association for its efforts to revitalize the River District. Read more... 

  • The 5th annual Southern Virginia Mountain Bike Association's Shootout on Anglers Ridge attracted more than 300 riders to the Danville area. Feedback from riders revealed that the 8.9-mile trail is the "best within 100 miles." Read more... 

  • Two employees of the Pittsylvania County school division were honored recently for their use of technology by the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium, affiliated with Longwood University. Read more...


If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description. 

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - March 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---March-2012/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

Home & Wall Decor / DBA HoppityDoodle Corp.
Jeffrey Dalton
165 Holt Garrison Parkway
Danville, VA 24540
434-793-4663
Retailers

McDarmont Web Design, Inc.
Brad McDarmont
660 Kentuck Church Road
Ringgold, VA 24586
434-792-2905
Web Designers

Your I.T. Professional LLC
David Hyler
332 Deercrest Lane
Danville, VA 24541
434-710-4408
Computer Services



Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between February 22, 2012 – March 20, 2012:

  • BISTRO 1888
  • Centra
  • Dale Castiglione
  • Computer Clinic Inc.
  • Dameron Plumbing & Heating, Inc.
  • Danville Orthopedic Clinic, Inc.
  • Danville Life Saving Crew
  • Davis & Davis Floor Covering
  • Dominion VA Power
  • Edward Jones
  • Furniture Depot, Inc.
  • Genesis Day Spa and Salon
  • H & R Block
  • Infinity Global Packaging
  • Kid-Konnection Child Development Center
  • KoKomo Salon
  • Leggett Town & Country
  • Maurakis Appraisal Services, Inc.
  • Miller Funeral Home, Inc.
  • C. Edward Neal
  • Norris Funeral Services
  • Rocky Womack Communications
  • Security Alliance
  • ServiceMaster Commercial Cleaning
  • SleepyGoat Cheese
  • Southeast Energy, Inc. DBA Motor Oils
  • Stratford House
  • Swicegood Funeral Home
  • Tomahawk Mill Winery
  • UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
  • VIRginia International Raceway
  • Robert T. Vaughan, Jr., P.C.
  • Wilkinson Consulting & CPA, PLC
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<![CDATA[$100,000 in Teacher Creativity Grants Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/100000-in-Teacher-Creativity-Grants-Available/
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Teacher Creativity Grants

Area teachers will have the opportunity to compete for more than $100,000 in teacher creativity grants in this year’s grant program, sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce.  Educators in Pre-K through 12th grade in the City of Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County, North Carolina are eligible to apply.

Applications are due to the Chamber by June 6, 2012 and must be submitted by a cohort of teachers (two or more) representing an interdisciplinary team, grade level team, across grade level team, or division wide team.  Partnerships with educational, community, and business organizations are encouraged. 

There are no minimum nor maximum monetary limits on the education grant awards.  Teachers and administrators are encouraged to submit their best, most creative ideas to the Chamber’s Grant Selection Committee.  

Click here to view the guidelines and application for the 2012-2013 Teacher Creativity Grants...


Funding for the Teacher Creativity Grants

The Chamber began the education grant program in 1990 when Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company’s plant manager Ed Steffey saw classroom needs were not being met through traditional funding sources. Steffey partnered with the Chamber and started a golf tournament from which proceeds were earmarked for the teacher grant initiative.  Proceeds from the Goodyear Education 5K race also go toward the program which encourages innovative and creative programs that promote collaboration, communication skills, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. 

The Danville Regional Foundation will provide an extra $100,000 in funds for the Chamber’s program.  “We believe that education flourishes when teachers have the freedom to bring innovative education programs to their students,” remarked Clark Casteel, DRF Senior Program Officer.  “By investing in our teachers, we invest in the future of the Dan River Region – our children."

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<![CDATA[ Member News: March 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/-Member-News-March-2012/
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  • Daniel V. Farmer, Director of Marketing and Sales at Gateway Health, has earned the Certified Self Funding Specialist professional designation from the Health Care Administrators Association. Farmer received this designation in December of 2010 and was the first in Virginia to earn the certification. Candidates for the CSFS designation must complete an extensive curriculum of seven comprehensive courses concerning self-funded health care plans.
     
  • Kate Divine of Abercrombie Physical Therapy recently achieved her Lymphedema Certification from Klose Training. The 135 hour certification combines 45 hours of internet based home study program with 90 hours of classroom/lab instruction. She is trained in Complete Decongestive Therapy, a gentle, non-invasive and highly effective program to manage chronic primary and secondary Lymphedema. Contact Divine at (434) 799-6100 to schedule your Lymphedema evaluation or to learn more.
     
  • The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research programs. The Central and Western Virginia Chapter asks that you take the Leap this Leap Year and sign up your Walk team early. A Walk will be held in Danville on October 27. This year participants may sign up online as a “virtual walker.” Go to http://www.alz.org/walk to find the Walk closest to you. For information, contact Mary Pat Hanson at marypat.hanson@alz.org or (434) 973-6122, ext. 111.
     
  • The "Princess for a Day - Afternoon High Tea & Wine Pairing" was such a success that a new tradition has started at the Alta Vista Vineyards & Winery. "Southern Belle Spa Sundays!" will be held on the first Sunday of every month. Email altavistavineyardsevents@gmail.com for details.
     
  • Averett University's equestrian studies department is holding a dressage and combined test schooling show on April 14 at the University's Riding Center (1231 Gammon Rd.) in Providence, NC. Interested participants need to register by April 9. For dressage, all 2011 intro through second level tests are being offered including musical freestyles. Cost for the combined test is $40 and $25 for the dressage test. For more information (including directions, do not use Mapquest) or to register, contact Ginger Henderson at (434) 791-5642.
     
  • Students at Averett University will be showcasing their work during the annual Student Art Show on March 24 - April 14. The art show will be on display in the multipurpose room of the Student Center, which is located on the corner of Woodland Drive and Townes Street. Drawings, paintings sculptures, pottery, and crafts will be featured with emphasis on a variety of techniques. The art work that is for sale will include contact information for the student. For more information about the show, call 434-791-5620.
     
  • Amy Bracey, Executive Director of Abingdon Place of Danville, was recently recognized at the Brookdale Senior Living Southeast Regional Awards Banquet. She received the “Edison Award” for the most new ideas, the “Most Humorous Award” for bringing fun into the workplace, and the “Most Improved Overtime” for achieving overall overtime of .9% for 2011. Abingdon Place of Danville is a Brookdale Senior Living personalized assisted living community and is celebrating its 14th year in Danville.
     
  • On Tuesday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m., Abingdon Place of Danville will host a presentation on how to discuss future planning with your aging parents without emotionally or financially harming your family. Beth Mize, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager with Brookdale Senior Living, will answer questions and distribute copies of the book, The Parent Care Conversation: Six Strategies for Dealing with the Emotional and Financial Challenges of Aging Parents. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For reservations and information, please contact Rick Neal at (434) 709-7201 by April 12.
     
  • Don't miss the informative seminar, “Young Entrepreneur of the Year with the U.S. Small Business Administration District Director,” on Thursday, April 5, at 11:00 a.m. at the Silverman Auditorium, Foundation Hall, DCC. This event is presented by the Longwood Small Business Development Center and the Barkhouser Free Enterprise Center. Read more...
     
  • Supply Resources is pleased to announce the hiring of Jeff Hicks (formerly of Supply One). Hicks will be a Packaging Specialist, selling industrial and retail packaging throughout the region. He comes to SRI with years of packaging experience, both in manufacturing and distribution.
     
  • Sacred Heart School has been recognized by AdvancED for maintaining 25 years of continuous accreditation. AdvancED is the parent company of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement. To earn accreditation, schools must meet AdvanceED’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of professionals from outside the school, and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
     
  • American Honda Motor Co., Inc. is proud to announce that Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda has earned the Honda President’s Award. This annual award is presented to top-ranking Honda dealerships across the country, based on their achievement of excellence in all areas of operation – customer service and satisfaction, sales, training, and facility operation for the prior calendar year. This is the second year in a row Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda has earned Honda’s highest dealership honor.
     
  • VIRginia International Raceway recently announced that Ken Grammer has joined the team as the VIR Club Member Director, replacing Gina Drastal after her announcement of retirement. Grammer comes to VIR from Synergy Racing where he served as Managing Director. Grammer will also assume the role of Race Director/Chief Steward for the Spec Race Atom series held on select Member weekends. Read more…

  • PLUGGEDINVA is a new program designed to help you successfully jump from your GED test credential to secondary education in the health field. This program is a collaborative effort of Danville Public Schools Adult & Career Education, Danville Community College, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board, EIT, Adecco, and the Dan River Regional Collaborative. Read more…
     
  • Area donors have created several funds with The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region to help a variety of animal welfare organizations in Danville and Pittsylvania County. Anyone can donate to the funds and help build their future impact. Read more…
     
  • The City of Danville has won the 2012 Community Economic Development Award. The award, given by the Virginia Economic Developers Association, recognized outstanding communities in the commonwealth for their efforts in advancing the economic viability of their community through economic and community development programs. Read more… 
     
  • Piedmont BioProducts is in the planning stage for building its first commercial refinery – which would convert feedstock to oil – in Pittsylvania County. Ken Moss, CEO of Piedmont BioProducts, said he has asked Callands-Gretna Supervisor Jerry Hagerman to present a resolution to the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors stating its support for construction and operation of a commercial refinery in Pittsylvania County. Read more… 

  • Officials with the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation, Virginia Tech, and the State Fair Advisory Committee have begun talks to possibly bring the Statewide Youth Livestock Show to the complex in October. Read more…

  • God’s Storehouse, a food pantry started in 1987 by a group of local ministers and churches, recently named Karen Harris as its new executive director. Harris, whose background is in volunteer work, project management, and fundraising, has worked with a number of church organizations that focus on helping others. Read more… 
     
  • SleepyGoat Farm now offers cheesemaking and beading workshops. For more information, call (336) 388-1120 or email sleepygoatfarm@gmail.com. Owners Jon and Della Williams make cheese from goat’s milk at 7215 Allison Road in Pelham, N.C. Read more… 
     
  • Danville Regional Medical Center added Dr. Ema Kulwa to its medical staff. Kulwa specializes in complete women’s obstetrical and gynecological healthcare services, including prenatal care, new born deliveries, gynecological surgery, family planning and contraception, basic infertility, and adolescent gynecology. Read more… 

  • Belk, Inc. announced the company, associates, customers, and vendors contributed more than $18.3 million to local communities in the fiscal year ending January 28. Of the total amount, Belk corporate dollars funded $5.1 million to over 200 nonprofit organizations with a focus on education, breast cancer research and awareness, and community strengthening. Read more… 
     
  • Carlisle School Chatham Campus is sponsoring a Community Wide Earth Day Spring Fair and Yard Sale on Saturday, April 21 from 10am to 2pm. The event will offer many exciting events such as inflatables, carnival games, a rock wall, face painting, Marlo the Magician, energy conservation tips, e-recycling, DJ and karaoke, and more. The Church Sisters will headline entertainment at 1pm. If you are interested in helping sponsor this event or placing a booth at the event, please contact Megan Evans at (434) 251-2612 or mevans@carlisleschool.org.
     
  • Hull Storey Gibson Companies based in Augusta, Ga., recently acquired Piedmont Mall in Danville. Read more...

  • Appalachian Power is re-energizing its economic development effort to create jobs and attract business. John Smolak, who previously spent 18 years working in economic development for the company, rejoined Appalachian as economic development director. Read more…

  • Woods Rogers PLC, with offices in Danville, has named George Leloudis as its new executive director. Leloudis joins the 64-attorney firm from McGuire, Wood & Bissette in Asheville, N.C., where he served as chief operating officer for seven years. He is a public accountant who has previously worked in numerous industries, including legal, construction and health care. 
     
  • Two employees of the Pittsylvania County School division were honored recently for their use of technology by the Southside Virginia Regional Technology Consortium, affiliated with Longwood University. Angela Carlsen, an eighth-grade math teacher at Dan River Middle School, received a Technology Teacher Award, and Carole Roberts, a senior instructional technology analyst for the school division, received a Technology Support Award. Read more…
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<![CDATA[Junior Leadership Southside IV Seeks Applications, Sponsorships]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Junior-Leadership-Southside-IV-Seeks-Applications-Sponsorships/
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We are pleased to open up the application process for our fourth program year of Junior Leadership Southside.

Junior Leadership Southside is an eight month program that provides leadership orientation and development to local high school students. Rising sophomores may apply for the program, but preference is given to rising juniors and seniors. The program includes monthly sessions ranging from three to six hours in length and held on school holidays, after school, and on Saturdays. 

The program will begin with an orientation in September 2012 and will end with a graduation ceremony in April 2013.  Monthly sessions will include speakers and panelists providing a holistic approach to leadership orientation and development. Sessions will be held at local business venues and participants will be exposed to leadership development activities and opportunities in the Southside Region. Participants will be selected based on applications and references submitted. Applications are due on June 1st, 2012. A tuition of $195 will be used to defray the expense of monthly sessions. Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.
Averett University will award a $5,000 renewable scholarship to every high school student who completes the Junior Leadership Southside Program and attends Averett University. The scholarship can be utilized for up to four years for a total award of $20,000 and is available to Junior Leadership Southside graduates beginning with the 2010-2011 class. 





Sponsorship Opportunities Available 


Sponsorships to defray program costs and provide scholarship assistance are being offered at the following levels.  Junior Leadership Southside is a program of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation and your contribution is tax deductible:

CEO Level - $1,000 

  • Prominent Sponsor Recognition using your logo on marketing materials to include JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections and Chamber Briefs
  • Four guests at graduation
  • Opportunityto speak at graduation
  • Exhibitor Table at graduation

Director Level - $500 = Includes $200 Scholarship and Sponsorship

  • Sponsor Recognition on marketing materials to include JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections and Chamber Briefs
  • Four guests at graduation
  • Exhibitor Table at graduation

Supervisor Level- $200 = One Participant Scholarship

  • Sponsor Recognition on marketing materials to include JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections and Chamber Briefs
  • Two guests at graduation

Assistant Level- $100 = Much Needed Support

  • Sponsor Recognition on JLSS webpage, Chamber Connections, and Chamber Briefs

Program Day Sponsor – $500 or In-Kind Contribution

  • Sponsor will provide a venue, snacks, and/or lunches for the participants for a particular program.  Sponsor recognition on JLSS Webpage, Chamber Connections, and Chamber Briefs.
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<![CDATA[Member Spotlight: Abercrombie Physical Therapy]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Member-Spotlight-Abercrombie-Physical-Therapy/
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Abercrombie Physical Therapy has been providing personal care with professional results since opening in January 2003.  Located at 2811 Riverside Drive, it offers a location that is convenient and easily accessible to patients.  In an effort to provide high quality, ethical care, Abercrombie Physical Therapy is committed to establishing a patient first environment with no referral for profit arrangements.  The primary goal is to empower patients to get better and stay better, through exercise and education, as well as other techniques.

Outpatient physical therapy services provide treatment for a wide variety of patients, including, but not limited to, orthopedic, neurologic, arthritis, torticollis, gross motor delay, TMJ dysfunction, vestibular rehab/balance, pre/post operative, and back pain.  Contractual home health services are offered through Hallmark Home Health Care agency for homebound patients throughoutDanvilleandPittsylvaniaCounty. 

Abercrombie Physical Therapy has recently expanded services after identifying two areas that were previously underserved in this region.  They recently became a Run Specialty Dealer through Montrail to provide a local source offering a high level of customer service including tailored product selection, custom fitting, gait stride analysis, and detailed product demonstrations.

Abercrombie Physical Therapy

A lymphedema program was also recently added to offer patients a local alternative for this treatment.  Kate Divine, physical therapist, completed 135 hours of instruction in Complete Decongestive Therapy, a gentle, non-invasive, and highly effective program to manage chronic primary and secondary lymphedema.

Both of these programs have been very well received by the community thus far and we continue to strive to meet the rehabilitation needs of this area.


Contact Abercrombie Physical Therapy:
2811 Riverside Drive   Danville, VA 24540
Phone: (434) 799-6100
Fax: (434) 799-1116
www.abercrombiept.com

See a flyer with information here...

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<![CDATA[Breakfast Featuring Danville City Council Candidates]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Breakfast-Featuring-Danville-City-Council-Candidates/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce will hold a candidate breakfast meeting to allow business and community leaders to learn more about the candidates in the May Danville City Council elections.

The breakfast is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research.
Invitations have been issued to the seven City Council candidates who are vying for the five seats. Candidates are Larry Campbell Jr., T. David Luther, Thomas W. Motley, Albert K. “Buddy” Rawley Jr., Sherman M. Saunders, Fred O. Shanks III, and J. Lee Vogler Jr.

The cost of the breakfast meeting is $20 per person.

Click here to RSVP or register by calling the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or by emailing the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org by April 12th.

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<![CDATA[Nominations Solicited for Chamber's Pinnacle Award]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Nominations-Solicited-for-Chambers-Pinnacle-Award/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is soliciting nominations for its Pinnacle Award which is presented to a business or organization whose outstanding achievements serve as a model for success.

A nominee for the Pinnacle Award should be distinguished as an influential business or organization that has made a strong local economic impact. The recipient’s leadership and dedication to a variety of interests should contribute significantly to the socio-economic prosperity of the Danville-Pittsylvania County region. The recipient should be respected professionally and throughout the community for commitment to excellence and vision for future generations. Business (profit or not-for-profit) nominees must operate in the Danville and Pittsylvania County area.

Criteria for the award include:
• Recognized leadership in making a key contribution to the quality of life in the region
• Innovative and entrepreneurial leadership
• Active involvement that advances their profession or industry

To nominate a business or organization for the Pinnacle Award, please submit a letter of recommendation (not to exceed two pages) by Friday, April 20, 2012.

Nominations can be emailed to chamber@dpchamber.org or mailed to Chamber Pinnacle Award, c/o Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 99, Blairs, VA 24527.

The Chamber presented its first-ever Pinnacle Award in 2011 to Averett University.

Please contact our office for more information at (434) 836-6990. 

See complete guidelines here... 

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<![CDATA[Duke MBA World Rugby Tournament in Danville ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Duke-MBA-World-Rugby-Tournament-in-Danville-/
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Approximately 700 MBA students from around the country and from around the world will be in Danville for the Duke MBA World Rugby Tournament on April 13-15 at Anglers Park.

In an effort to instill a positive impression of our region with these participants and in order for them to see the Dan River region as a place of opportunity, a number of organizations have been working for the past several months on plans to market our region to the students.

Last year’s tournament featured MBA teams from Harvard, Ireland’s University College Dublin, Columbia, Darden, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Duke, to name a few.

While teams were still being finalized, we are anticipating many of the same teams to return with several new international teams.

Our region is planning outreach efforts relevant to business and economic development opportunities during the tournament. A critical component of our outreach is to have a team of dedicated volunteers who can serve as ‘ambassadors’ for our teams and help to promote this region as a great place to live and work.

“In just a few short years, many of these MBA students will be in positions where they may be choosing a location to work, a location to start a business, or a location to expand a business,” explained Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE. “When they reach that time in their careers, we want the Danville region to be at the top of their list.”

There will also be a business hospitality tent for the participants where they can learn more about our region and business opportunities in our region. If you would like more information or if you would like to volunteer to help during the event, please contact the Chamber office.

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<![CDATA[Steve Padgett's Danville Honda Earns Top Honors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Steve-Padgetts-Danville-Honda-Earns-Top-Honors/
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American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is proud to announce that Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda has earned the Honda President’s Award. This annual award is presented to top-ranking Honda dealerships across the country, based on their achievement of excellence in all areas of operation – customer service and satisfaction, sales, training, and facility operation for the prior calendar year. This is the second year in a row Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda has earned Honda’s highest dealership honor.

A major component of the program focuses on the customer experience and is measured via customer satisfaction surveys. To earn this distinction, Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda met the lofty program objectives established for the 2011 calendar year.

“Earning the President’s Award is a yearlong commitment that requires the dedication of every dealership team member,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of Automobile Sales for Honda. “There are currently more than 1,000 Honda dealerships in the United States. Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda is one of only 144 to earn this distinction for 2011.

“It is an honor to bring Honda’s highest honor home to Danville, Virginia. The support we have received from our community has been overwhelming. I look forward to giving back to our community for years to come,” said Steve Padgett.

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<![CDATA[Lean Seminar: Increase the Efficiency of Your Business!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Lean-Seminar-Increase-the-Efficiency-of-Your-Business/
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Organizations are inherently inefficient!

Learn how your organization’s standard processes may actually be counterproductive to the bottom line. Unexamined processes may be wasting time, underutilizing people, scrapping material, and sabotaging your best intentions for good customer service. No organization is immune.

The ”Lean Organization“ seminar will show you how others have used lean principles to transform their organizations to meet customer needs, reduce costs, and increase profits, all while improving employee morale and buy-in. This seminar is for all who manage, regardless of organization type; retail, finance, IT, manufacturing… all can apply these principles to improve organizational effectiveness.

Come to the Regional Center for Advanced Technology and Training (RCATT) at 121 Slayton Avenue on Tuesday, April 3 from 12:00 Noon – 1:30PM to hear Harold Garrison, Lean Instructor. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Jerry Franklin at jfranklin@dcc.vccs.edu or call 434-797- 8573.

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<![CDATA[Chamber's Email System Down]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chambers-Email-System-Down/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce's email server crashed late Thursday night. We do not anticipate the server being restored before early this week. Please be aware that emails sent to any Chamber staff member during this time have not been received. We will send an update once the server is restored.

 

For immediate assistance, please call the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990 during regular work hours (Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.). For emergencies or calls outside regular work hours, you may contact Chamber President Laurie Moran by cell at (434) 489-9380.

 


Thank you!

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: February 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-February-2012/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  • Margie, a Toy Manchester Terrier, represented our region well as the Best in Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her owner, Dr. Roger Travis of Danville, is a podiatrist in Danville. Read more...

  • Danville's supercomputer is now up and running, making it one of only 2 such operating computers of its kind in the nation. Read more...

  • Two of our local wineries, Altavista Vineyards and The Homeplace Vineyard, were recently honored with 2012 Governor's Cup Medals. Altavista Vineyard won a silver medal for their Merlot and bronze for their Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Shiraz wines. The Homeplace Vineyard was awarded bronze for their Chambourcin. Click here to see a full list of the 2012 Governor's Cup Medal Winners...



If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description.
 

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Leadership Program Solicits Nominations for 2012 Program]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Neighborhood-Leadership-Program-Solicits-Nominations-for-2012-Program/
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Innovative Leadership: Building Community Connections, a component of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Southside Virginia, will launch its next round of classes in early March.

Sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and funded by United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County, the neighborhood leadership program was developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension and is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to:

  • Build their leadership skills.
  • Increase their awareness of community issues.
  • Network with other leaders.
  • Become more engaged in community, civic, and governmental activities.

The neighborhood leadership program includes six leadership modules with all leadership training presented by the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Beginning in early March, there will be classes offered at Third Avenue Congregational Christian Church located at 215 Third Avenue in Danville. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. 

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute is open to all Danville and Pittsylvania County area citizens and strives to include individuals from all geographic and demographic sectors of our community. The selection process is highly competitive with a limited number of openings.

For the 2012 classes, there will be no program tuition fee with all program expenses paid by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce through a grant funded by United Way of Danville–Pittsylvania County. 

For information or an application, please contact the Chamber office at 434-836-6990 or click here to access the application and more information.

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<![CDATA[Member News from February 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-from-February-2012/
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  • Chris Hazelwood, the Danville Register & Bee’s lead district manager, has been awarded the December 2011 Customer Champion award for Virginia and Tennessee by Media General’s “Operation & Distribution Solutions.”
     
  • HealthSource Chiropractic and Progressive Rehab has announced it will join forces with the field’s most recognized doctor, Dr. CJ Mertz. “Coach CJ,” as he is known among peers, will step in as chief innovation officer to train chiropractors for HealthSource.
     
  • American National Bank and Trust Company announced that MidCarolina Bank’s operating name has been changed to American National Bank and Trust Company. The eight former MidCarolina offices across northcentral North Carolina were acquired through the company’s merger with MidCarolina Financial Corporation on July 1, 2011. The bank also recently celebrated its 103rd anniversary.
     
  • Abercrombie Physical Therapy has been awarded the designation of Specialty Run dealer by Montrail.  To qualify, independent businesses must provide a high level of customer service which includes: tailored product selection, custom fitting, gait/stride analysis, and detailed product demonstrations.  Montrail shoes cover a range of running surfaces, from roads to developed trails to more aggressive terrain, as well as for every day wear, workouts, and recovery.  Abercrombie Physical Therapy is a locally owned physical therapy clinic with a developing healthy living retail division.  For more information visit www.montrail.com, www.abercrombiept.com, or call Abercrombie Physical Therapy at (434)799-6100.
     
  • Smart Beginnings and the Danville Family YMCA will host “Countdown to Kindergarten” from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 3 at the YMCA, at 810 Main Street, Danville for children who will attend kindergarten this fall. Join Smart Beginnings for free hands-on learning activities, health screenings, and more.  For more information, call 797-8887.  Four-year-old children who participate in the activities will receive a free t-shirt.
     
  • Gateway Health has moved its offices from 341 Main Street to 1500 Fulton Heights, Danville. If you had previously sent mail to the PO Box, please begin to use the new physical address at Fulton Heights. Please pass this notice on to your legal departments, accounting departments, etc.
     
  • Join the friends and youth of The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area as they celebrate the Club’s mission at the 2012 Steak & Stake Dinner & Auction on March 12, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research; “Steak” for the menu of the evening, and “Stake” for those who have or want to have a vested interest in the children of the community through the Boys & Girls Club organization. The keynote speaker will be former NFL wide receiver for the Detroit Lions and Danville native, Herman Moore. The event will also feature a presentation from the local Youth of the Year, Troy Reed, who will be competing next month in Richmond at the Boys & Girls Clubs Virginia Alliance Conference for the state title of Youth of the Year. For sponsorship or ticket information, please call the Club’s Marketing and Development Office at 434-792-3449 or 434-250-1577.
     
  • The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at www.cfdrr.org. The deadline for all applications to be received is Tuesday, March 6, 2012.
     
  • GENEDGE ALLIANCE engaged with six companies to evaluate new ideas for potential commercialization under the GENEDGE ALLIANCE Innovation Grant program, which is designed specifically for eligible companies in Virginia’s Tobacco Indemnification Region. Two of those companies have reached the commercialization planning stage and are approved for a total of $270,000 in commercialization service work with GENEDGE ALLIANCE.
     
  • A Chatham winery and dairy were awarded value-added producer grants from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Homeplace Vineyard will receive $208,571 and Dairy Energy Inc., the manure digester at the VanDerHyde Dairy, will receive $100,000. The Homeplace Vineyard, a winery that opened in September 2010, will use the money to market and advertise the site and the wine, said Joe Williams, who owns the operation with other family members. The Homeplace Vineyard must match the grant, which will be dispensed over a three-year period.
     
  • Hargrave Military Academy raised $2,052 during the "Pepsi Fight Against Cancer Basketball Challenge" held at the academy in January. Three teams joined Hargrave during the challenge. The V Foundation for Cancer Research was the recipient of the proceeds. The Hargrave squad beat Believe Prep 111-88 during the challenge.
     
  • John Craddock has joined First Citizens Bank as a mortgage banker at the Danville office located at 130 Collins Drive. Craddock has more than 14 years of experience in the mortgage/finance industry. 
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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - February 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---February-2012/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

AT&T
Caleb Calvert
165 Holt Garrison Parkway, Suite 550A
Danville, VA 24540
434-791-3254
Communications-Telecommunications and Telephone

Buddy's Home Furnishings
Chris Moran
365 Lowes Drive, Suite H
Danville, VA 24540
434-791-3115
Rentals-Equipment & Furniture

Dan River Investigation LLC
Gary W. Goodson, Jr.
200 Learner Lane
Blairs, VA 24527
434-835-0018
Private Investigative Services

Danville Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Marilyn Gunter
PO Box 621
Danville, VA 24543
434-685-2316
Organizations

Danville Cancer Association, Inc.
Mary Crider, Executive Director
2323 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24540
434-791-3227
Organizations

Epiphany Episcopal
Cheryl Hogg
115 Jefferson Avenue
Danville, VA 24541
434-792-4321
Churches

Paul W. Miller, D.D.S.
6 South Main Street
PO Box 430
Chatham, VA 24531
434-432-0610
Dentists & Orthodontists

Old Oak Hardwoods, Inc.
Jeramy Nichols, President
200 Learner Lane
Blairs, VA 24527
434-251-3011
Manufacturers and Processors

Spurrier Orthodontics
Leslie Spurrier
808 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
434-792-0141
Dentists & Orthodontists

Zinc Total Salon
Tanya Zeidler
308 Craghead Street, Suite 103
Danville, VA 24541
434-792-9462
Salons - Hair, Nail, Spa, Tanning



Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between January 20, 2012 – February 22, 2012:

  • Abingdon Place of Danville
  • Luis A. Abreu, Attorney at Law
  • Adecco
  • AGIShorewood
  • Appalachian Power Company
  • Arlene’s Closet
  • R.J. Baldwin Agency Inc.
  • Bankers Insurance/Carter Bank & Trust
  • Blue Ridge Power Agency
  • BMS Consulting, Inc.
  • Howard W. Bolton III, CPA, PC
  • Canteen Food and Vending Services
  • Carter Bank & Trust
  • Chatham Family Medical Center
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
  • Coldwell Banker Johnson Realty
  • Cooper's Radio Controlled Race Center
  • CRB Electric, Inc.
  • Daly Seven,  Inc.
  • DanChem Technologies, Inc.
  • Danville Collision Center
  • Danville Community College
  • Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab - Central
  • Danville Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity
  • Danville Public Schools
  • Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority
  • Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Danville Science Center
  • Danville Toyota, Inc.
  • Days Inn - Yanceyville
  • Downtown Danville Association
  • Empathy Rehab
  • The Entwistle Company
  • Excelsis Research
  • Fenders Wine Bar & Bistro/A Moveable Feast
  • R. Frank Fox, Jr. Business Management Consultant
  • Fun-Time Amusements
  • Goodyear Tire & Service Network
  • Henebry's Jewelers
  • Mark B. Holland, P.C.
  • J. C. Penney Co., Inc.
  • Dr. Geoffrey Johnson DDS P.C.
  • Just Kids Child Development Center
  • Mary's Diner
  • Midtown Market, Inc.
  • Nestle USA, Inc.
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Pawn America
  • Prime Media
  • Retail Merchants Association
  • Schewel Furniture
  • Scott & Stringfellow
  • See Enterprises, L.P., L.L.P.
  • Southern Piedmont Technology Council
  • Southside Virginia - SHRM
  • Summertime Pool & Spa, Inc.
  • Team Nurse, Inc.
  • Virginia Employment Commission
  • Virginia Uranium Inc.
  • WDBJ Television
  • West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
  • WILCO, Inc.
  • Linwood Wright
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<![CDATA[Sign up for One of Our Listening Lunches!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Sign-up-for-One-of-Our-Listening-Lunches/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend!

Join Chamber President Laurie S. Moran for an informal conversation and share issues facing your business and our region. Laurie will listen to your comments and answer your questions. 
 
If you want to get more involved and have direct communication with your chamber executive, this lunch is for you.

 
There is no more space available at our first listening lunch to be held at Lone Star Steakhouse, but sign up for these upcoming Listening Lunches!
  • Friday, March 23, at Carini's
  • Thursday, April 26, at San Marcos in Chatham


Listening lunches will be held throughout the year and are exclusively for members of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. Members are limited to one luncheon per year please.

Limited to 6 members per lunch on a first come - first serve basis. Only one person per company please.

There is no cost to participate, but reservations are required. Cancellations must be received 3 business days prior to the event. Substitutions are accepted at any time.


Please call us at (434) 836-6990 or email at chamber@dpchamber.org to make your reservation for one of our Listening Lunches!

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<![CDATA[New Customer Service Training Program Available to Members]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-Customer-Service-Training-Program-Available-to-Members/
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The fortunes of any business rise and fall based upon the level of service it delivers to its customers. Considering the importance of quality customer service, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is offering a humorous, DVD-based training workshop called “The Guest” for members. This workshop, to be held on February 15, will illustrate just how easy it is to offer amazing customer service when choosing to treat a customer as a guest in the home.

Chamber president, Laurie S. Moran, will present the workshop. The lunch buffet and hands-on training will take place on Wednesday, February 15, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. Registration is $20 per person and includes lunch. Seating is limited; please register by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org. You can also click here to register online.

No matter how large or complex an organization may be, great service usually comes down to one employee, serving one guest, one day at a time. This DVD-based training combined with hands-on application of the principles will leave employees ready to care for customers and co-workers graciously, politely, and effectively.

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Leadership Institute; Apply Today!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Neighborhood-Leadership-Institute-Apply-Today/
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The Neighborhood Leadership Institute provides training in leadership,Neighborhood Leadershipcommunication, strategic planning, and other topics of value to community members. Using the Innovative Leadership:  Building Community Connections program developed by Virginia Cooperative Extension, this leadership training is open to all citizens of the region. For the 2012 class, there is no tuition fee with all program expenses paid through a grant funded by United Way of Danville - Pittsylvania County.

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<![CDATA[February Business at Breakfast with Dr. Barry Flinn]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/February-Business-at-Breakfast-with-Dr-Barry-Flinn/
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“Growing” Opportunities for Economic and Community Development

Dr. Barry Flinn, Director of the Institute for Sustainable and Renewable Resources at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, will speak at the upcoming Business at Breakfast on Wednesday, February 22nd, at 7:30a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville). 

Dr. Flinn and his team have enjoyed recent lab and grant success. This success combined with visits from dignitaries such as Lord William Waldorf Astor, the grandson of Nancy Langhorne Astor, and Dr. John Holdren, President Obama’s top advisor on science and technology, have put Dr. Flinn and the work that his lab is producing in the headlines. Research being conducted by Dr. Flinn at the Institute is said to be ushering in a new frontier of manufacturing. Dr. Flinn will share with the assembled Chamber membership his recent successes, plans for the future, and details on how his work will affect our regional economic and community development. 

The February 22nd event begins at 7:30a.m. with a buffet breakfast and will conclude by 8:30a.m.  The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.  

Click here to RSVP online.

Cancellations may be made without penalty up to 48 hours prior to the event date.  Registrants will be charged the full registration fee for no-shows and/or cancellations made within 48 hours of the event.  Registrant substitutions are allowed and may be made at any time up to the start time of the event.

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<![CDATA[Registering Online for Chamber Events]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Registering-Online-for-Chamber-Events/
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You can save time by registering for Chamber events online!

You can find the event you wish to RSVP for by clicking on the "Register Online" link under the "News and Events" tab on the home page. This page lists every event that has online registration available. You can also find all the Chamber's events in our online calendar.

Click the event you wish to register to find full details of the event and then click the green "Register Online" button on the event page.

To RSVP, you may be required to log in as a member of the Chamber. If you have any questions about registering online or your website log in information (user name or password), please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: January 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-January-2012/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

 

  1. The Continuing Medical Education program at Danville Regional Medical Center received full Accreditation with Commendation from the Medical Society of Virginia Intrastate Accreditation Committee. This represents the highest accreditation level a CME provider can receive. The DRMC CME program is one of four hospital based CME programs in Virginia that has received Accreditation with Commendation. Read more here. 

  2. VIRginia International Raceway was recently featured in Car & Driver magazine for the sixth year in a row. Thsi is what they had to say about our local raceway: "Even though VIR is less than a third the length of the 'Ring, its long straights, elevation changes, and combination of slow, fast, and, scary-fast corners test a car's capabilities better than any other track in North America." Click here to read the full article. 
     
  3. Tim Clark, Vice President of Blair Construction and a past chair of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, received a one year term on the board of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. He was officially appointed on January 25th at the Virginia Chamber's annual meeting.


If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description.

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<![CDATA[31 Scholarships Available through The Community Foundation]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/31-Scholarships-Available-through-The-Community-Foundation/
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The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is currently accepting applications for 31 different scholarships. Area students who are interested may contact their guidance offices for the appropriate forms or print them from the Foundation’s web site at www.cfdrr.org. The deadline for all applications to be received is Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders. The Foundation strives to meet a wide variety of social, educational, cultural and other charitable needs in the region from Martinsville/Henry County through South Boston/Halifax County, as well as the neighboringNorth Carolinacounties.

The Community Foundation is a fully tax-exempt organization. Individuals or businesses may establish their own fund or may contribute any amount to existing Funds. The Community Foundation may be contacted at 541 Loyal Street, VA  24541, (434) 793-0884 or www.cfdrr.org.

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<![CDATA[Member News from January 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-from-January-2012/
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  • Averett University is now featured on CollegesofDistinction.com, an online guide for colleges and universities. Only 10 Virginia colleges are listed on the site. Based on the opinions of guidance counselors, educators and admissions professionals, Colleges of Distinction honors colleges excelling in four key areas of educational quality: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities, and successful outcomes. To learn more about the Colleges of Distinction guide, visit www.collegesofdistinction.com.
     
  • The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region recently announced a total of $577,600 in new grants to 45 non-profit community agencies at a reception at the IALR. The Community Foundation was incorporated in 1996 and has already returned more than $13.8 million in community grants and scholarships. This year’s grants contain $250,000 in funding made available by a grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. For a complete listing of the grants awarded, please visit www.cfdrr.org.
     
  • CARF International announced that Goodwill Industries of Danville Area, Inc. has been accredited for a period of three years for its Employment Services: Employee Development Services, and Organizational Employment Services. The latest accreditation is the third consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that CARF has awarded to Goodwill Industries of Danville, Area, Inc. This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. 
     
  • Goodwill Industries of Danville Area, Inc. welcomes Chris Clark as Donations/Facilities Manager. Chris, a graduate of DCC, brings 9 years of manufacturing management and 2 years of Safety Coordinator experience to the Goodwill team.  In his role for Goodwill, Chris will be responsible for the administration and coordination of donations, production, warehousing, and transportation activities for 8 retail locations. He will also serve as the agency’s safety officer. 
     
  • The Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area would like to introduce the Mr. Shervin Rass, the new Executive Director and Chief Professional Officer to the organization and to Danville and Pittsylvania County. Rassa has 20 years of experience working within the social services sector. For the past eight years, he has served as a Branch Director and Area Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay, Inc.
     
  • Gregory Alba, D.O, and Julie Thompson, N.P., have joined Piedmont PrimeCare in Danville.  Alba is board certified in family medicine and has comprehensive education, experience, and expertise in family medicine and urgent care. Thompson brings to Piedmont PrimeCare comprehensive experience in family medicine. Piedmont PrimeCare serves patients from two convenient Danville locations: The Main Clinic at 130 Enterprise Drive and the East Clinic at 404 Airport Drive in Danville. Piedmont PrimeCare, part of the Centra Medical Group, is accepting new patients. For an appointment, call 791-2612, or for more information, visit us online at www.CentraHealth.com
     
  • Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Teresa Pruitt to patient safety officer. Pruitt will report to the hospital’s chief executive officer and work with the senior leadership team to ensure safe, high quality care for all DRMC patients. “Teresa will serve in the position announced in September as part of our quality affiliation with Duke University Health System,” said DRMC CEO Eric Deaton in the release. Pruitt has been employed at Danville Regional for nearly 30 years, previously serving as director of risk management. She has also served in the roles of clinical manager, clinical educator and registered nurse. 
     
  • The Danville Orthopedic Clinic is pleased to announce the association of John Stephen Mahoney, M.D. Dr. Mahoney has practiced orthopedic medicine in the Martinsville area for over 20 years. He treats patients with bone and joint injuries. If you are an old or new patient and would like to make an appointment, please call 434-793-4711. Patients can be seen at his new location at 125 Executive Drive, Suite A, Danville.
     
  • God’s Pit Crew was recently honored with the B.R. Ashby, M.D., award for “outstanding community service” and given a $50,000 grant. Set up through the Danville Regional Foundation, the Ashby award is named for Dr. B.R. Ashby, the first DRF chairman.. DRF Executive Director Karl Stauber said there were 27 Ashby award nominations for 17 different organizations this year. The winner must be a non-profit located in Danville, Pittsylvania County or Caswell County. In 2011, God’s Pit Crew donated to more than 170 local non-profit agencies, built homes for local families, and sent volunteers all over the world to provide aid to people suffering from natural disasters. The $50,000 grant goes to God’s Pit Crew’s general operating expenses. For more information about this award and grant opportunities, contact DRF’s Starling McKenzie at (434) 483-4273 or smackenzie@drfonline.org
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<![CDATA[Posting Hot Deals to the Chamber Website]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Posting-Hot-Deals-to-the-Chamber-Website/
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Do you want to move slow-moving merchandise? Do you have a special to advertise? Do you want to grab the eye of visitors on the Chamber web site?  Post a Hot Deal! It’s easy and it’s included in your membership!

To add a Hot Deal, log into your chamber member portal and follow these simple steps:

1.       Click Hot Deals in the left-hand menu.

2.       Click Add a Hot Deal.

3.       Complete the fields in the Add a New Hot Deal screen.

4.       Click Submit for Approval.


Your Hot Deal will appear on the website and is also promoted to our members through Chamber Briefs, our weekly email update, and Chamber Connections, our monthly e-newsletter. 

If you have any questions about posting Hot Deals, please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - January 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---January-2012/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

316 Cibo
Agostino Pugliese, Owner
316 Main Street
PO Box 1320
Danville, VA 24543
434-793-2426
Restaurants and Caterers

Aflac
Lewis P. Giles, District Sales Coordinator
PO Box 39
Ringgold, VA 24586
434-728-4924
Insurance

buentec llc
David Parrish, Owner
300 Ringgold Industrial Pkwy
Danville, VA 24540
434-791-7332
Web Designers

Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehab
Lauren Mathena
Central
174 Executive Drive
Danville, VA 24541
434-797-1504

East
404 Airport Drive, Suite D
Danville, VA 24540
434-792-0899

North
2140 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-4158

Chatham
13920 Highway 29 North
Chatham, VA 24531
434-432-1680
Nursing Homes/Rehab/Skilled Nursing

Donnachaidh Associates, LLC
Michael Duncan
230 Slayton Avenue, Suite 102
Danville, VA 24540
434-766-6653
Manufacturers and Processors

Southern Piedmont Technology Council
Rachel Reynolds
PO Box 49
Danville, VA 24543
434-766-6771
Organizations

WDBJ Television
Lolly Quigley
2807 Hershberger Road
Roanoke, VA 24017
540-344-7000
Television/Cable

Wilco, Inc.
Josh Seamster, President
680 River Park Drive
Danville, VA 24541
434-793-2521
Janitors, Equipment & Supplies




Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between December 16, 2011 – January 20, 2012: 

  • A. C. Furniture, Inc. 

     

  • Aaron W. Johnson Auction - Realty
  • Aaron's
  • Abercrombie Oil Company, Inc.
  • Shahnaz M. Ahmed
  • All Virginia Title & Escrow
  • Ambulatory Foot Care Center PC
  • American Armoured Foundation, Inc.
  • American National Bank & Trust Company
  • AmeriStaff Employment & Staffing Solutions
  • Animal Medical Center of Danville
  • Dr. B. R. Ashby
  • Atkinson Truck Sales
  • Audiology Hearing Aid Associates
  • Averett University
  • Barbee Fabrics of Danville, Inc.
  • Barkhouser Ford Lincoln Mercury
  • BB&T
  • Belk
  • Ben David Jewelers
  • Better Business Bureau-Western VA
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area, Inc.
  • Blair Construction, Inc.
  • Terry Blakely State Farm Insurance
  • Bojangles - Tri-Arc Foods, Inc.
  • Bra Lady Boutique
  • Builder's Discount Center of Danville, Inc.
  • Donald G. Cairns, DDS, PC
  • Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
  • Captain Copy, Inc.
  • Cardiology Consultants of Danville, Inc.
  • Carini's Italian Grill & Pizzeria
  • Carpetland USA of Danville, Inc.
  • CenturyLink
  • Chandler Concrete Company
  • Chatham Hall
  • Town of Chatham
  • CIT
  • City of Danville-Utilities
  • Clement & Wheatley
  • Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Inc.
  • John W. Collins
  • Columbia Forest Products
  • Comfort Inn & Suites
  • Commonwealth Home Health Care, Inc.
  • Community Enterprises
  • Community Foundation of the Dan River Region
  • Computer Clinic Inc.
  • Cook Composites & Polymers
  • Hayako O. Cook
  • Dan River Business Development Center
  • Daniel, Medley & Kirby, P.C.
  • Danville Academy of Dance
  • Danville Area Association for Arts & Humanities
  • Danville Area Council of Community Services
  • Danville Area Humane Society, Inc.
  • Danville Braves
  • Danville Distributing Company, Inc.
  • Danville Golf Club
  • Danville Pathologists, Inc.
  • Danville Pittsylvania County Fair Association
  • Danville Register & Bee
  • Danville Super -8
  • Davenport Energy, Inc.
  • Davis Storage & Warehouse, Inc.
  • Debbie's Staffing
  • Dell'Anno's Pizzeria
  • Designed Benefits of Virginia, Inc.
  • Dewberry
  • Dietz Nutritional Consulting, LLC
  • Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Dominion Eye Center
  • Dorton Insurance Agency
  • DVF Foodservice, Inc.
  • R. Allan Easley  Insurance Agency
  • Eastern Panel Manufacturing, Inc.
  • Edward Jones Investments
  • EIT, LLC
  • El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Inc.
  • Elbridge G. Coles Insurance Agency
  • Electronic Development Labs, Inc.
  • ERA-Holley & Gibson Realty Company, Inc.
  • FairPoint Communications
  • Farm Credit of the Virginias ACA-Chatham Branch
  • Fire Sprinkler, Ltd.
  • First Citizens Bank
  • First Piedmont Corporation
  • First State Bank
  • Friedman Fixture Company, Inc.
  • Gamewood Technology Group
  • Gateway Health Alliance, Inc.
  • Glenn D. Giles
  • Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
  • Gretna Drug Company, Inc.
  • Hardy Petroleum
  • Hargrave Military Academy
  • Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, CPA's
  • Charles R. Hawkins
  • Holiday Sports Tours
  • Holiday Travel Services of Danville, Inc.
  • Hughes Memorial Foundation
  • Bobby G. Hutson
  • Intertape Polymer Group
  • Iron Guard Storage
  • J & J Truck Sales, Inc.
  • James River Companies, LLC
  • JEB International Tobacco Company
  • K&K Owen Farms, Inc.
  • Karen's Hallmark Shop
  • Lawrence Distributing Company
  • LE&D Professionals, PC
  • Liberty Homecare & Hospice
  • Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company
  • Longwood SBDC - Danville
  • Lorillard Tobacco Co.
  • Lynn Street Lofts Apartments
  • M & M Furniture Company
  • Main Street Coffee Emporium
  • Malcolm J. Mallery, DDS
  • Marshall Construction Company
  • Martinizing Dry Cleaning
  • Master Gage & Tool Co.
  • McDonald's of Chatham
  • Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
  • Modern Pharmacy, Inc.
  • Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
  • Multi-Wall Packaging Corporation
  • National College
  • Bob Newnam Builders
  • Oakes Memorials & Signs, Inc.
  • OB-Gyn Associates of Danville, Inc.
  • Office Plus Business Centre
  • Patsy's Tours
  • Paw Prints Pet Services
  • Pepsi Beverages Company
  • Piedmont Broadcasting Corp., WBTM/WAKG
  • Piedmont Credit Union
  • Piedmont Glass
  • Piedmont Infusion Serviecs
  • Piedmont Mall
  • Piedmont Precision Machine Co., Inc.
  • Piedmont PrimeCare
  • Piedmont Regional Eye Center and Optical Shop
  • Piggly Wiggly of Danville, Inc.
  • PIP Printing
  • Pittsylvania County Commissioner Of The Revenue
  • Pittsylvania County Community Action, Inc.
  • Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services
  • Pittsylvania County Economic Development
  • Pittsylvania County Farm Bureau
  • Pittsylvania County School System
  • Pittsylvania County Service Authority
  • Powers Signs, Inc.
  • Prudential Manasco Realty
  • Rippe's, Rippe's Furs, Rippe's Shoes, Rippe's Woman
  • Riverside Hardware, Inc.
  • Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center
  • Riverside Lanes
  • Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.
  • Ross Electric, Inc.
  • Sacred Heart School
  • San Marcos Mexican Restaurant
  • Sartomer USA, LLC
  • Schoolfield House Booksellers at Averett University
  • Severn Trent Services
  • Shields Auction & Realty Co., Inc.
  • Simpson Realty Company
  • Snead and Williams, P.L.L.C.
  • Dr. Edward Snyder - Orthodontist
  • South Boston Speedway
  • Southern Air, Inc.
  • Southern Refrigeration Corp.
  • Southside Manufacturing Corporation
  • Star-Tribune/Womack Publishing
  • State Farm-Donelson Insurance Agency, Inc.
  • Steve Padgett's Danville Honda
  • The Stone Shoppe, Inc.
  • SunTrust Mortgage, Inc.
  • John S. Walden IV Inc. dba Superior Heating & A/C Co., Inc.
  • Sylvan Learning Center
  • Telamon Corporation-Danville
  • ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation
  • Town of Gretna
  • Townes Funeral Home, Inc.
  • United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County
  • URW Community Federal Credit Union
  • VA Department of Rehabilitative Services
  • Virginia Bank & Trust
  • Wal-Mart #1465
  • Wendy's, Catie Food Systems, Inc.
  • Westchester Square Apartments
  • Western Sizzlin Steak House of Danville, Inc.
  • Westmoreland Schoolfield Senior Apartments
  • Robert H. Whitt, Jr., Attorney at Law
  • Wilkins & Co. Realtors
  • W-L Construction & Paving Inc.
  • Womack Electric & Supply Co.
  • Robert Woodall Chevrolet, Inc.
  • Woods Rogers PLC
  • Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home
  • WSET, Inc.
  • YMCA of Danville
  • Yorktowne Cabinetry

 

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<![CDATA[Fight Brewing Over “Amazon” Tax]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Fight-Brewing-Over-Amazon-Tax/
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Message from VA West Business & Legislative Coalition

Traditional brick and mortar establishments are urging lawmakers to require on-line retailers to collect sales taxes from their customers in Virginia. Late last year, Amazon.com announced plans to invest $135 million to open two distribution centers in the Richmond region that will employ 1,350 people. Despite its physical presence in the Commonwealth, the on-line retailer will not be required to collect and remit state sales taxes. Trade groups representing traditional retailers contend that they face a competitive disadvantage by having to collect state sales taxes. In addition, they point out that the state is forfeiting millions of dollars in sales tax revenue. Amazon counters that its distribution centers are not legally considered retail establishments and are thus not required to collect and remit sales taxes. During the 2010 session, legislation that would have required on-line retailers to collect the state sales tax passed the Senate but was tabled in a House Finance sub-committee. On Wednesday, the Virginia Alliance for Mainstreet Fairness ratcheted up the pressure on lawmakers to close this loophole by releasing a public opinion poll that showed strong support to close the on-line loophole. See more here. Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) has introduced legislation to specify that a dealer that "maintains a distribution center, warehouse, fulfillment center, office, or similar location within the commonwealth that facilitates the delivery of property sold by the dealer to its customers" must collect and remit Virginia sales tax.

To continue reading the January 20th newsletter, click here.

Update Governor McDonnell Releases Transportation Initiatives for 2012  -  See more here

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<![CDATA[How to Post Your Events to the Chamber's Website]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Post-Your-Events-to-the-Chambers-Website/
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Do you have an upcoming event? Are you trying to generate additional traffic to your store? Advertise your event on the Chamber website! It’s simple to do and it's included in your membership!

To post an event, log into your chamber member portal and follow these simple steps:

1.       Click Events in the left-hand menu.

2.       Click Add an Event.

3.       Complete the fields in the Request to Add New Event screen.

4.       Click Submit for Approval.

Upon approval, your event will appear on the Chamber’s Member Events calendar, which is viewed daily by potential customers from our community and around the world. We are also promoting this calendar in Chamber Briefs, our weekly email update, and Chamber Connections, our monthly e-newsletter. 

If you have any questions about posting events, please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[Post Your Job Openings for FREE!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Post-Your-Job-Openings-for-FREE/
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Do you have a job vacancy that must be filled? Looking for new employees? Post your job opening on the Chamber's website! It’s simple to do and it is a free benefit included in your membership!

We are noticing a higher volume of traffic to our job listings as we now include links to the page in Chamber Briefs, our weekly email update, and Chamber Connections, our monthly e-newsletter. 

To post a job opening, log into your chamber member portal and follow these simple steps:

1.       Click Job Postings in the left-hand menu.

2.       Click Add a Job Posting.

3.       Complete the fields in the Add a New Job Posting screen.

4.       Click Submit for Approval.

Upon approval, your job posting will appear on the Chamber website within your Member Information Page and by category in a special location for job postings.

If you have any questions about posting job openings or logging in to the Chamber website, please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org

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<![CDATA[A Message From Delegate Don Merricks]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/A-Message-From-Delegate-Don-Merricks/
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Delegate Donald W. Merricks will be representing the 16th District of the House of Delegates during the 2012 Virginia General Assembly Session, January 11 to March 10, 2012.  His contact information during that time will be:

Delegate Donald W. Merricks
General Assembly Building, Room 810
P. O. Box 406
Richmond, Virginia  23218
Phone: 804.698.1016
Email:  deldmerricks@house.virginia.gov

The Sixteenth District includes parts of Pittsylvania County, Henry County and the City of Martinsville.  To determine whether you are a resident of his district, visit http://legis.virginia.gov/ and click on "Who's My Legislator".

A constituent opinion survey is available at www.donmerricks.org.  The survey includes public policy issues which may be considered by the General Assembly during the 2012 Legislative Session. Delegate Merricks would appreciate your input. 

Thank you for your support and for sharing your thoughts and opinions.

The Office of Delegate Donald W. Merricks
16th House District
deldmerricks@house.virginia.gov

District mailing address:
P. O. Box K
Chatham, VA 24531

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<![CDATA["How to Run for Public Office" Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Run-for-Public-Office-Workshop/
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Interested citizens who may be considering running for public office this year – or in future years – are encouraged to attend an upcoming workshop on “How to Run for Public Office.”

The workshop will be held on Monday, January 30, with the program beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Danville branch of the Chamber (United Way office, 308 Craghead Street, Suite 104, Danville). The workshop will last approximately two hours.

The session will include information on the State Board of Elections with Peggy Petty, Danville Registrar; perspectives on civic engagement and the involved candidate from two former Danville Mayors – Seward Anderson and John Hamlin; and community demographics and trends.

This program is sponsored by the Legislative Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Cooperative Extension – Community Viability. 

While there is no cost to participate, registrations are requested and should be made by Wednesday, January 25. Click here to RSVP or contact the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org.

 

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: Dec. 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-Dec-2011/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  • Congratulations to Piedmont Credit Union for receiving the Corporate Cup at this year's Danville Christmas parade in Danville and to Williams Gas Pipeline, the Corporate Cup winner at the Gretna Christmas parade. 
     Piedmont Credit Union parade float
  • The The Cray XMT supercomputer has officially arrived in downtown Danville. This The next-generation supercomputer is the first outside of a federal lab or university, and only about a dozen exist in the world. This asset will provide jobs to the community and has great potential to attract other employers, especially ones requiring access to this high-level technology. 
  • The West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce have been selected to present a workshop at the National Association of Workforce Boards in March 2012 on “Creative Approaches to Deliver Business Services.”  The workshop will highlight a ‘best practice’ from our region of the Chambers partnering with the Virginia Workforce Centers to provide support to our employers.

     

If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description.

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<![CDATA[Southside Public Leadership Series with Congressman Hurt]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southside-Public-Leadership-Series-with-Congressman-Hurt/
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Southside Public Leadership Series

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<![CDATA[3rd Annual Live Healthy Challenge]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3rd-Annual-Live-Healthy-Challenge/
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Want a fun way to keep your New Year's Resolution? Live Healthy, a 100 Day Wellness Challenge, is a team-based weight loss and physical activity program that will assist you and your team­mates in making positive changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. Coworkers and/or friends will join the challenge in teams of 2-10 members. The team leaders will track weight loss and/or minutes of activity in a competition of who can accumulate the most during the 100 Day Wellness Challenge, January 23 - May 1.


LHA Challenge

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<![CDATA["How to Run for Public Office" Workshop on Jan. 30]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Run-for-Public-Office-Workshop-on-Jan-30/
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Interested citizens who may be considering running for public office this year – or in future years – are encouraged to attend an upcoming workshop on “How to Run for Public Office.”

The workshop will be held on Monday, January 30, with the program beginning at 5:15 p.m. at the Danville branch of the Chamber (United Way office, 308 Craghead Street, Danville).

“I want to encourage all citizens in this community who have interest in public service to attend the workshop,” urged Linda Lawrence Dalton, Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. “Whether you have made the decision to put your name on the ballot or are just considering the possibility of running for public office some day, this seminar is designed for you. It will be full of helpful information about what steps to take to run an election campaign.”

The workshop will include information on the State Board of Elections, civic engagement, candidate involvement, and community trends/demographics.

The workshop is being sponsored by the Legislative Committee of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Cooperative Extension – Community Viability. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs are open to all regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, veteran status, national origin, disability, or political affiliation. If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations, for this program, please call 434-766-6761 during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If you would like more information or to register for the workshop, please contact the Chamber office at 434-836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org.

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<![CDATA[You are Invited to Chamber Day at the Capitol]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/You-are-Invited-to-Chamber-Day-at-the-Capitol/
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Virginia Chamber members, local chamber of commerce executives, and members from across the Commonwealth will convene at the Omni Richmond Hotel for briefings from Virginia’s top government leaders at “Chamber Day at the Capitol” on Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

Speakers will include Governor Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and Speaker of the House Bill Howell. Participants will also have time to meet with their local representatives and discuss the key legislative issues that affect their business' bottom line daily.

The day’s program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m. Lunch is included.

The cost for early-bird registration is $60 per person and can be made by contacting the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce at (434) 836-6990 or by emailing lmoran@dpchamber.org.

That evening, the Virginia Chamber and Virginia’s statewide business community will host the Old Dominion Assembly Reception for our state legislators and top government officials. The event is one of the largest legislative receptions on the circuit and provides an outstanding opportunity to network with members of the General Assembly and business leaders statewide.

The reception will be held at the Omni Richmond Hotel from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. If you would like to register or would like more information, please contact Laurie Moran at 434-836-6990 or by email at lmoran@dpchamber.org.

 

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<![CDATA[Member News from December 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-from-December-2011/
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Tom Gay, Interim Director of United WayUnited Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County has appointed Tom Gay, formerly with Moses, Hayes, and Willeford, to serve as Interim President while the organization searches for a new President and CEO. Current United Way President Patrick Jinks begins a new assignment as President/CEO of United Way in Lancaster, PA on Jan. 3. Gay has a strong history with United Way, serving as Campaign Chair in 2008, and serving on numerous boards of United Way partner organizations. He also served as Interim Director for Goodwill Industries in Danville during their most recent CEO search. 
 
• US Senator Jim Webb recently announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will invest $212,800 in GENEDGE ALLIANCE, a statewide manufacturing support program based at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville.
 

Averett University• Averett University opened its Carrington Autism Resource Center on Nov. 30. The center, which is located on the second floor of Mary B. Blount Library, will serve as a place for parents of autistic children as well as educators and clinicians to find the resources they need. The resource center is a lending-library of autism-related materials, resources, iPads, games, and books to help parents, teachers, clinicians, and caregivers assist in intervention efforts of children with autism in our region. The resource center came to fruition thanks to a $20,000 grant from The Alexander Berkeley Carrington Jr. and Ruth Simpson Carrington Charitable Trust.
 

Brian Wilson• Brian Wilson, General Manager with Commonwealth Home Health Care, has been awarded the “Thomas L. Petty, M.D. Invacare Award for Excellence in Home Respiratory Care” by the American Association of Respiratory Care. The award is given annually to one therapist within the United States for their outstanding individual achievement in home respiratory care. Brian has been employed with Commonwealth for 27 years and is a Life Member of the Danville Life Saving Crew. 
 

EcomNets recently donated five of their Verdio computers to the Boys & Girls Club of the Danville Area. Phillip Wright, General Manager, said the environmentally friendly computers are designed to use a third of the power consumed by typical units.


• The “Give Thanks for Smiles” fundraiser organized by the Danville Dental Associates raised $3,700 for God’s Storehouse in November. More than 128 service hours were donated by the doctors and staff from all four locations. Dental services were provided to patients for a fee of $50 per filling, extraction, or cleaning with the practice providing all needed material and supplies.

Colbert Moran• The Merchants Association of Gretna broke with tradition and named two people as Gretna’s 2011 “Citizens of the Year.” Brothers Kenny Moran and Bruce Moran were honored at the association’s annual awards banquet. Long-time Gretna residents and operators of Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, the Morans were deemed “most deserving” of the honor. 

Rippe’s “Pink Purse” breast cancer awareness fundraiser raised $8,124. All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to assist local breast cancer patients with their medical cost of cancer-related prescriptions, travel, medical supplies, and equipment. Funds will be administered by the Danville Cancer Association. Ben Rippe and his associates have raised more than $49,000 for local breast cancer patients over the past six years.

Pepsi Beverages Company• The employees of the local Pepsi Beverages Company  raised funds in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs organization. Their efforts culminated in a donation of over $2,000. The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area would like to commend them for their support of the local children in the community. 

Danville Regional Medical Center recently announced the addition of Dr. John Mahoney to its medical staff as an orthopedic surgeon. Mahoney specializes in general orthopedic care, arthritis and osteoporosis care, sports medicine, joint replacement, pediatric orthopedics, and orthopedic trauma. His office is at the Danville Orthopedic Clinic located on 125 Executive Drive (Suite A) in Danville. 

Jeff Haley• American National Bank and Trust Company has announced the following promotions, effective Jan. 1, 2012.Charles H. Majors will become Chairman and will continue as Chief Executive Officer of American National Bankshares Inc. Jeffrey V. Haley will become Chief Executive Officer of American National Bank and Trust Company and President of its holding company, American National Bankshares Inc. He was also named to the Board of Directors for the holding company. James (Jimmy) Jefferson will become Senior Vice President and Controller. Katja Milligan-Collie will become Assistant Vice President and Regional Branch Administrator, responsible for retail banking operations for the Bank’s Danville and North Carolina regions. Other promotions by the Board included Linda Conner to Assistant Vice President & Retail Banking Relationship Manager, Tom Hickey to Senior Vice President of Special Assets, and Jennifer Krantz to Assistant Vice President & Regional Branch Administrator.

• Governor Bob McDonnell recently announced that Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with Faneuil, Inc. will invest $1.5 million and create 150 jobs in Halifax County by establishing a customer care center for Dominion Virginia Power. Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling joined business and government leaders in South Boston on the Governor’s behalf to announce the project. With today’s announcement there are 300 customer care center jobs related to Dominion in Southern Virginia.  

• The City of Danville received a $600,000 grant to fund the “321 Craghead Warehouse” project. This award is part of a recent announcement of $2.8 million in Industrial Revitalization Fund (IRF) grants for six projects in Virginia. Projects were reviewed and evaluated competitively, with an emphasis on those with a high level of blight, identification of impediments to economic development effort, alignment with regional or local strategies, availability of matching resources, level of community distress where the property is located, and an identified and feasible end use. 

 

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - December 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/New-and-Renewing-Members---December-2011/
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We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support:

American Showcase Modulars
Gary Good
6281 US Highway 29
Blairs, VA 24527
434- 835-0050
Construction - Homebuilders, General Contractors, Developers

GSO Aviation, Inc
Chad Nixon
400 N. Raleigh Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
336-346-1735
Services

Virginia Job Corps
Michael Morris
2600 Memorial Avenue, Suite 103
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-455-2521
Career Services

Wilson Lawn & Garden
Jay Rigney
3720 Franklin Turnpike
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-2137
Services



Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between November 24, 2011 – December 15, 2011:

  • II Georges Inn
  • American Forest Management
  • Blue Ridge Beverage
  • Brenda Brokaw Interiors
  • Todd Breaux State Farm and Financial Services
  • CED – All Phase Electric Supply Company
  • Chatham Cares, Inc./The Community Center at Chatham
  • Compton & Nichols Inc, C&N Storage
  • The Hughes Center
  • Forever Young Family Salon Inc.
  • Riverside BP
  • SleepyGoat Cheese
  • WWDN 104.5FM 1045TheDan.com and 1580AM
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<![CDATA[Chamber Board of Directors Set for 2012]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Board-of-Directors-Set-for-2012/
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Charles R. Haynsworth III, President of Haynsworth’s Inc. - Office Plus Business Centre, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for 2012. Haynsworth has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2010 and has served as Chair-Elect this past year.

Haynsworth assumed the position of president of Office Plus Business Centre in September 1994 after working in all areas of the business. He joined the family-owned business part-time while in high school. Haynsworth, who was named the Chamber’s Enduring Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010, received a finalist award from the Tayloe Murphy Center at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2010 and 2011. He received the Danville Community College Outstanding Alumni Award in May 2011.

In addition to his service on the Chamber board, Haynsworth serves on the boards of directors of The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and Gateway Health Alliance. He is the past president of Danville Rotary Club and is a past Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America. A past Deacon and Elder at First Presbyterian Church, Haynsworth currently attends the Dan River Church.

In addition to Haynsworth, Gretchen B. Clark was elected as chair-elect, and Eric Deaton was elected as vice chair. Mark W. Foster of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, was re-elected as treasurer. Jeffrey V. Haley of American National Bank & Trust will serve as the Immediate Past Chair. Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President of the Chamber, will serve as Secretary.

Gretchen Clark is President of Reynolds-Clark Development, Inc., an engineering consulting firm that she co-founded in 2004 in Gretna. Clark has a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. A Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia and North Carolina, Clark is a member of Revitalization for a Greater Gretna, a member of the board of directors of the Danville Regional Foundation, and member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church.

Eric Deaton is the Chief Executive Officer of Danville Regional Medical Center, a position he has held since early 2010. He has 25 years experience in healthcare management. Deaton is a member of the Riverview Rotary Club and 1st Presbyterian Church of Danville. He has also been an avid supporter of United Way and Boys & Girls Club.
Foster is a Partner and Certified Public Accountant with Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP. He has been with the firm since 1991 and has been a partner since 1999. A graduate of Virginia Tech, Foster is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of CPAs. He is a member of Danville Golf Club and is a past president of the German Club.

Jeffrey V. Haley, President of American National Bank & Trust, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for 2011. Prior to being named President of American National Bank & Trust in June 2010, Haley was the Executive Vice President and President of Trust and Financial Services for the Bank and Senior Vice President for the holding company. Haley is a member of the board of directors for The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research, a member of Danville Rotary Club, and a member of the Future of the Piedmont Foundation. He is also a board member of Bankers Insurance. He is past president of United Way, past board member of the Danville Science Center, past school board chairman of Sacred Heart School, and past treasurer of Downtown Danville Association. He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.


2012 Board of Directors


The Chamber recently announced the results of its election for members of the Board of Directors. The board serves as the governing body and sets policy for the organization. The following candidates were elected to three-year terms on the Board of Directors, beginning January 1, 2012 and ending December 31, 2014: Laura Adcock (Premier Graphics), Ken Brown (Swedwood USA LLC), Linda Lawrence Dalton (Lawrence Distributing), and Mark David (Ben David Jewelers). Jerry Hankins (Virginia Bank & Trust) was appointed to serve a one year term through December 31, 2012, and Steve Padgett (Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda) was appointed to fill an unexpired term through December 31, 2013.

Laura Adcock is the owner of Premier Graphics. The business has been at its Chatham location for the past eight years. She is a member of the Animal Welfare League Board, Chatham Rotary Club, Town of Chatham Planning Commission, and Chatham Baptist Church. Adcock has served on the Chamber’s Board the past two years.
Ken Brown is the President and Site Manager for Swedwood Danville LLC. He is a member of Riverview Rotary Club, a member of the board of directors of Smart Beginnings, and a Deacon at Westover Baptist Church. This is Brown’s first term on the Chamber’s board of directors.

Linda Lawrence Dalton is the co-owner of Lawrence Distributing Company. Dalton is actively involved in several trade associations – Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association, Virginia Wine Wholesalers Association, and National Beer Wholesalers Association. In addition to serving a previous term as a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, she has also chaired the Chamber’s Legislative Committee since 2004. She is just completing a term on the Board of Directors for Virginia Chamber of Commerce where she also served as a member of that Chamber’s Executive Committee. Dalton is a former Board Member of the Danville Area Association for the Arts & Humanities where she served a term as the Board’s President.

Mark David is the co-owner of Ben David Jewelers. He has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors for the past three years. David is a member of the Danville Rotary Club.

Jerry Hankins is the Vice President of Human Resources for Virginia Bank & Trust. He has been with the bank for 11 years. Hankins serves on the board of directors and chairs the Human Resources Committee of the YMCA. He is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and has his PHR Certification.

Steve Padgett is Dealer Principal for Steve Padgett’s Danville Honda. He has been at his current location for three years but has 17 years in the automobile industry. Padgett serves on the boards of the Salvation Army, Danville Harvest Jubilee, and Danville YMCA.

In addition to the officers, the recently elected and appointed board members join the following members on the board whose terms have not expired: Eva Doss, President/CEO of Southside Business Technology Center; Frank Fox of R. Frank Fox Consulting; Tiffany McKillip Franks, President of Averett University; Marilyn Hanover, Technical Manager for Sartomer USA, LLC; Steven W. Kaylor, Publisher of the Danville Register & Bee; B. Carlyle Ramsey, President of Danville Community College; and Rachael A. Sanford, Attorney with Clement & Wheatley. 

 

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<![CDATA[Recap: Chamber Breakfast Featuring RTI International Uranium Research]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Recap-Chamber-Breakfast-Featuring-RTI-International-Uranium-Research/
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December Business at Breakfast

The December Business at Breakfast featured a presentation by RTI International researchers on "Uranium Mining and Milling at Coles Hill, Virginia: Possible Impacts on the Surrounding Region."

Over the past year, with funding from the Danville Regional Foundation, RTI International has conducted a wide-ranging assessment of possible impacts of the proposed Coles Hill Uranium Mine and Mill on the study region within 50 miles of Coles Hill, recognizing that socioeconomic impacts depend not only on jobs and spending in the region, but also on environmental quality, amenities, and the overall quality of life.

The study’s goal was not to reach conclusions or recommendations about whether the project should go forward; rather, RTI has sought to inform regional stakeholders about the project, acknowledging the uncertainties involved. RTI gathered and analyzed information from a variety of sources to identify and answer questions raised by stakeholders in the region.  

At the breakfast, RTI presented the results of this assessment, describing a range of possible environmental and socioeconomic impacts under alternative scenarios and discussing the experience of other regions in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world that have experience with uranium mining and milling. The presentation summarized the study approach, data, and findings. 


View the reports of RTI International's Study by clicking the links below:

RTI Fact Sheet

Executive Summary

Draft Report

All Appendixes



 

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<![CDATA[Chamber Releases 2012 Legislative Policy]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Releases-2012-Legislative-Policy/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce represents approximately 700 businesses employing almost 23,000 people in the Danville and Pittsylvania County region. The Chamber works to project a unified voice on issues that affect the business community in our region. We fight for public policies that are in the best interest of business and a strong economy.

As a member of Virginia West and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, we recognize the importance of regional cooperation and collaboration. Our Chamber was actively engaged in developing the policies which were adopted by Virginia West. As a partner in that regional collaborative, we work closely to ensure the competitiveness of this entire region of the Commonwealth. Our Chamber is also a member of the Council for Rural Virginia and works diligently to ensure that the needs of Rural Virginia are recognized and addressed at the state level.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce recognizes the continued fiscal challenges that face our Commonwealth in this session of the Virginia General Assembly. At this crucial juncture, it is imperative that our Commonwealth provide a long-term, thoughtful, sustainable focus on high-priority issues while maintaining the core government services that are essential to maintaining Virginia’s economic competitiveness. Now, more so than ever, we must create an environment for improved policy and budget decision-making. We must also increase government accountability, transparency, and performance.

As decisions are made, our elected officials must recognize and acknowledge the economic diversity across our Commonwealth and the absolute necessity of ensuring that all areas of Virginia have equal opportunities to construct sustainable economic viability in their regions. There are many distressed communities in our Commonwealth that are plagued by declining population and resources; therefore, the Commonwealth must develop, fund, and support an educational distribution formula that provides an equitable system of public education for all children regardless of where those children live.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce believes that our future success depends on the following priorities:

  • A strong education system and the availability of technically skilled people that are vital to Virginia’s future prosperity and quality of life;
  • A workforce development system that ensures our workforce has the skills needed to meet business demand, foster innovation, and grow broadly shared prosperity;
  • A well-funded, cohesive, and aggressive economic development effort;
  • Sound fiscal management at all levels of government; and
  • Continued state tax restructuring as a primary means of finding permanent, long-term solutions to meet our region’s and our Commonwealth’s growing transportation and education needs.

Copies of the legislative policy have been distributed to our representatives in the General Assembly, as well as to partnering organizations that work with us throughout the session.

During the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly, the Chamber will be monitoring issues that have a potential impact on businesses and our region.

The Chamber’s Legislative Committee, chaired by Linda Lawrence Dalton of Lawrence Distributing Company, would welcome any comments or feedback that our members have regarding any legislation or legislative needs.

A complete copy of the Legislative Policy can be accessed by clicking here or by contacting the Chamber at 434-836-6990.

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<![CDATA[Congrats to the Graduates of Leadership Southside XVII]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Congrats-to-the-Graduates-of-Leadership-Southside-XVII/
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Graduates of Leadership Southside XVII

Congratulations to the seventeenth class of Leadership Southside who graduated from the program on December 13.

Pictured from left to right, front row:  Veronda Osborne (Institute for Advanced Learning and Research), Joann Verostko (Danville Public Library), Sherry Flanagan (Pittsylvania County Social Services), Clem Oliver (Goodwill Industries), Sharon Dones (Riverside Health and Rehabilitation), Corrie Teague (City of Danville Economic Development), Randy McDaniel (American National Bank).  Back row:  Petrina Carter (Averett University), Blair Bryant (Daly Seven), Bryan Shields (City of Danville Fire Department), Cindy Hamlett (The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company).  Not pictured:  Cathy Pulliam (Danville Community College).

For their community project, the class chose to take on the goal of improving kindergarten readiness by educating teen parents through the development and distribution of a comprehensive resource guide, "Basic Instructions for Babies." Click here to learn more about this project.

 

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<![CDATA[Member News from November 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/Member-News/Member-News-from-November-2011/
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  • The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region unveiled its completely renovated web site, www.cfdrr.org.  For the first time, donors will be able to give online to the Foundation or one of its 94 component funds. The site also offers a variety of video testimonials from Board members, donors, and scholarship recipients. The site redevelopment was underwritten by a grant from the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust.

     
  • A highlight of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Night Out Gala held at the Schoolfield Museum & Cultural Center in November was a presentation recognizing Kelly Cunningham as the Big Sister of the Year for 2011.  Pat Daniel, Program Director for BBBS of Danville Area, presented Kelly with a plaque “In Grateful Appreciation for Providing Friendship, Time and Being a Positive Role Model.”

     
  • The City of  Danville’s Office of Economic Development hosted a contest to determine creative space ideas for the Durham Hosiery building at 525 Lynn St. Of the 14 submissions, judges chose the ideas of Bill Scantland of BTR Communications Group and Nancy Eanes of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, who both focused on the need for student housing in the River District. Now, the Economic Development Office will see if potential developers would like to work on the proposals.

     
  • Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and Danville Police Department have received a $1,200 grant from Target Corp. for “Operation Leads Online.” The grant will help fund software for an online investigation system used by law enforcement to recover stolen property. Target supports law enforcement agencies across the country through its “Target & Blue” grant program.

     
  • Jeffrey V. Haley, President of American National Bank & Trust Company, awarded the following employees with the bank’s prestigious Employee of the Year award at the annual employee Focus Day event in November:  Donna Nester, Mary Dunning, Catherine Chandler, and Pat Moore. These employees, along with 15 others, were nominated by their colleagues. They were selected for their exceptional customer service, commitment to the company and the job, and teamwork ethic, among other positive traits.     

     
  • Charles H. Majors, Chairman & CEO, and Jeffrey V. Haley, President, both of American National Bank & Trust Company, presented Becky Wales, Executive Director of God's Storehouse, with more than 3,000 pounds of food and supplies at the bank’s annual employee Focus Day event in November. The donated items were given by the employees of American National.

     
  • EIT, LLC (www.eit.com) announced the opening of a second manufacturing facility in Danville. The new 60,000 square foot facility at the Cyber Park in Danville is the fourth overall facility for EIT. The new facility increases EIT’s total facility space to just under 200,000 square feet. EIT’s new facility will focus on manufacturing of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBA). The facility will also offer test, mechanical assembly, and fulfillment services. EIT’s manufacturing services are supported by an experienced engineering team that offers electronic, mechanical, and design services.


  • Northern Lites of Gretna recently hired Maurrica Doss as the new store manager. Her attention to detail and superior customer service will be a valuable asset to the community.  She looks forward to sharing information about all of the lighting lines carried by the store along with a new furniture line, Furniture Traditions, which is all American made.

     
  • The Board of Directors at United Way of Danville-Pittsylvania County congratulates their president, Patrick Jinks, on his recent selection to lead United Way in Lancaster, PA. The opportunity for him to lead a large United Way speaks volumes of his leadership and all of local  stakeholders for creating a successful organization that garnered the attention of other United Way organizations. Patrick has served United Way for 16 years.
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<![CDATA[Home for the Holidays Virtual Job Fair ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Home-for-the-Holidays-Virtual-Job-Fair--/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the VA Workforce Center, is targeting professionals that may come “Home for the Holidays” and want to stay in this area. The virtual job fair began on November 25 and will run through January 15.

The website — www.Homeforholidaysjobfair.com — allows employers to advertise their job openings for FREE!

Job seekers can browse and apply for jobs directly through this virtual job fair. Please take this opportunity to view skilled job openings in our region and share with those who may be looking for a job as well. 

Contact Kate Farmer, Business Services Manager, (kfarmer@dpchamber.org) for more information.

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region: December 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region-December-2011/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  1. Thanks to efforts by Paul Lewis to raise support and gather signatures, initiatives for the Sunday sale of beer and liquor by the drink were passed in Pittsylvania County. After receiving support by the majority of our members, the Chamber voiced support of these initiatives for the purpose of enhancing business opportunities in the county. This cheer goes to Paul Lewis for displaying the initiative to help bring a positive change to our business community.
     
  2. Danville Community College garnered eight awards, including one gold, five silver, and two bronze  awards in the 2011 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District II Medallion Awards competition held recently in Atlanta, GA. The annual awards were presented for outstanding achievement in marketing communications and honor the work of community college marketing and public relations professionals in the region.
     
  3. The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research is hosting the 2nd annual Decorating the Trees for a Cause through noon Dec. 22. Participating local businesses and organizations decorate trees in honor of a chosen charity. Visitors vote for their favorite by making a donation to that tree, with each penny equaling one vote. The tree with the most votes by Dec. 22 wins all of the proceeds. Throughout the program, the Institute will also accept donations of educational supplies for the Teacher Angel Tree and canned goods for God’s Storehouse.

If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description.

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<![CDATA[Business at Breakfast: Research Findings on Uranium Mining]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Business-at-Breakfast-Research-Findings-on-Uranium-Mining/
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The Chamber will host the December Business at Breakfast on Friday, December 16, from 7:30 — 9:00 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. Cost to attend is $20 per person. At the breakfast, RTI will present findings based on research collected on the effects of uranium mining.

Over the past year, with funding from the Danville Regional Foundation, RTI International has conducted a wide-ranging assessment of possible impacts of the proposed Coles Hill Uranium Mine and Mill. RTI has gathered and analyzed information from a variety of sources to identify and answer questions raised by stakeholders.

RTI will present the results of this assessment, describing a range of possible environmental and socioeconomic impacts and discussing the experience of other regions that have experience with uranium mining.


RSVP by Friday, December 9, to:
P.O. Box 99; Blairs, VA  24527
Fax:  434-836-6955
Email:  chamber@dpchamber.org

Save time when you register online!

 

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<![CDATA[New and Renewing Members - November 2011]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/New-and-Renewing-Members---November-2011/
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Thank you to the following businesses and organizations that renewed their membership investment between October 25 – November 22:

  • A Nurse’s Touch Home Care
  • Allied Home Mortgage
  • Daniel Builders
  • Danview Restaurant
  • Danville Public Library
  • Family Eyecare Center
  • Gretna Theatre
  • Cesar Guanzon
  • John Holt & Co. Chimney Service
  • Bill McMann
  • Piedmont Access to Health Services
  • Sleep Inn & Suites
  • Stratford Healthcare Center
  • ThunderRoad Harley-Davidson
  • Unarco Industries
  • Unilin - Columbia Flooring
  • United Country Southern Properties

 

We proudly announce the most recent members to the Chamber of Commerce. Please welcome them with your business and support: 

5Linx
Annette Turner
1875 Clarks Mill Rd
Ringgold, VA 24586
434-251-5051
Marketing Research & Marketing Companies

Alliance Human Services
Pamela Easterbrook
2725 Franklin Turnpike, Suite A
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-3550
Organizations

Chick-Fil-A
Christopher Hodnett
3535 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541
434-799-1980
Restaurants and Caterers

Cloverdale Quarters
Larry Miller
1120 Cloverdale Trail
Sutherlin, VA 24594
434-489-1121
Conference Centers

Chris Daniel
449 Vicar Road
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-8367
Individuals

Demont Design
Kimberly Demont
525 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
434-792-0612
Printers, Publishers, Typesetters, Graphics & Embroidery

Learn to Read
Anita Landoll
2093 Walker’s Well Road
Chatham, VA 24531
434-432-2919
Schools, Colleges, and Education

O’Kelly’s
Gerald Kelly
1055 Piney Forest Road
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-7970
Restaurant and Caterers

Regional One, Inc.
Chris Elliott
135 Forestdale Drive
Danville, VA 24540
434-836-0996
Services

Reniere & Associates
Hal Reniere
PO Box 11118
Danville, VA 24543
434-685-3535
Insurance & Financial Investment Companies

TMI AutoTech, Inc.
Mark Swain
1025A Raceplex Drive
Alton, VA 24520
434-822-9130
Manufacturers and Processors

 

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<![CDATA[Annual Membership Meeting Set for January 11]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Annual-Membership-Meeting-Set-for-January-11/
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As we usher in the new year, it’s a great time to learn how the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has

2011 and 2012 Chairs of the Chamber's Board of Directorsworked for business this past year and what is planned for the upcoming year.

The Chamber’s annual membership business meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11, at 7:30 a.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (150 Slayton Avenue, Danville). The meeting will feature comments from the 2011 chair, Jeff Haley of American National Bank & Trust, and the 2012 chair, Charles Haynsworth III of Office Plus Business Centre.

The cost of the breakfast meeting is $20 per person. Corporate tables of eight are available for $200. Reservations should be made with the Chamber by Thursday, January 5. 

Click here to RSVP online for the Annual Membership Meeting.

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<![CDATA[December Newsletter Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/December-Newsletter-Now-Available/
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The December newsletter, Chamber Connections, is now available online for your most up to date information on recent happenings and upcoming events. Please view the electronic version of the newsletter by clicking here and then choosing December 2011. 


Please notice these upcoming events that are featured in the newsletter: 


TODAY - Young Professionals Event at Ashley Furniture HomeStore

December 15 - Business After Hours at Danville Toyota

December 16 - Business at Breakfast (Topic: Uranium Mining & Milling at Coles Hill, Virginia)

January 11 - Annual Membership Meeting


Also take notice of the Home for the Holidays Job Fair and the 2012 Sponsorship Guide now available. 


 

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<![CDATA[A Life's Design, Hosted by the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/A-Lifes-Design-Hosted-by-the-Southern-Virginia-Higher-Education-Center/
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A Life's Design Presentation

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<![CDATA[2012 Sponsorship Guide Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/2012-Sponsorship-Guide-Now-Available/
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Information about 2012 Sponsorships

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<![CDATA[Career Day]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Career-Day/
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Yesterday, the Chamber hosted Career Day at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research. This program was designed for high school juniors from the Danville and Pittysylvania County school systems and featured an inspirational message by Rayna Dubose followed by breakout sessions with local professionals from various vocational fields.

Rayna Dubose shared her personal story of perseverance through her struggles after contracting meningococcal meningitis while attending Virginia Tech as a star basketball player.

The breakout sessions following her message included sessions from the following professionals:

Cosmetology
Catherine Adkins (Genesis Day Spa)
Dorothy Kidd

Automotive Engineering/Motorsports
Peyton Sellers
Dick Dell (Advanced Vehicle Research Center)

Administration of Justice
Timothy Scearce
Mike Nicholas (Daniel, Medley & Kirby)

Administrative Support Services
Allison Shackelford (Danville Regional Foundation)
Alice Ann Crowl (Piedmont Credit Union)

Customer Service
Sandie Currie (VIR)
Adele Martin (Courtyard Marriott)

Health – Dental
Dr. Patricia Dunbar
Lauren Lewis
Gwen Andrews

Graphic Design and Printing
Kim Demont (Demont Design)
Autumn Morris (Chamber of Commerce)
Rebecca Fitzgerald (McCain Printing)

Advanced Manufacturing and Automation
Ethan Brown (Sartomer)
JoAnn Holland (Shorewood Packaging)
Jerry Franklin (DCC)

Building Trades
Bobby Adkins (Blair Construction)
John Ranson (Dewberry)

Presenting Yourself in the Workplace
Petrina Carter (Averett University)
Jo Andrews (Goodyear)
Ellen McGregor (Goodyear)

Health – Medical and Administrative
Jamye Wright (DRMC)
Kevin Murray (DRMC)
Shannon Jones (Centra)

Skilled Craftsman
George Day (Virginia Technical Institute)
Scott Walker (Goodyear)
Kyle Goldsmith (Virginia Technical Institute)

Entrepreneurship
JD Edmunds (Who Paged JD)
Eva Doss (SBTC)

Veterinary Science
Jeff Smith (Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic)
Kelly Wells (Mt. Hermon Animal Clinic)

Education
Sherri Huffman (DCC)
Mona Whittle (DPS)

Human Services
Richard Gary (DPCS)
Allen Thorn (DPCS)
Kara Stone (Virginia Department of Corrections)

Engineering
Tim Reynolds (Reynolds Clark)
Jeff Bond (Dewberry)
Laura Buchanan (IALR)
Philip Kauneckas (Intertape Polymer Group)

Scientific Research and Laboratory Technicians
Chris Pantazis

Information Technology
Inez Harville (City of Danville)
Jason Grey (City of Danville)

 

We would also like to offer our most sincere thanks to the sponsors of and contributors to Career Day 2011: 

J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Danville Public Schools
Pittsylvania County Public Schools
Dan Valley Foods
Office Plus Business Centre
Linda Lawrence Dalton


Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, students, and teachers who made this event succesful. It is our hope that students can take away a deeper understanding of the careers they desire to pursue as well as insight into the varied career paths available to them here in Danville and Pittsylvania County.

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<![CDATA[Home for the Holidays Virtual Job Fair]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Home-for-the-Holidays-Virtual-Job-Fair/
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Do you have professional positions available at your company and are looking for some help to find qualified applicants?  The “Home for the Holidays” virtual job fair is a great solution for you.

The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the VA Workforce Center, is targeting professionals that may come “Home for the Holidays” and want to stay in this area. The virtual job fair will begin on November 25th (Black Friday).

The website - http://www.homeforholidaysjobfair.com/ - allows employers to advertise their job openings for FREE! Visit the site to learn more.

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<![CDATA[ Dan River Region Collaborative Awarded Grant]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/-Dan-River-Region-Collaborative-Awarded-Grant/
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The National Fund for Workforce Solutions has announced that the Dan River Region Collaborative will receive a grant of $300,000 to expand its work supporting regional, employer-led workforce partnerships designed to prepare workers and jobseekers for sustainable employment in the local market.

The Dan River Region Collaborative (DRRC) is one of 32 National Fund sites across the country and one of five such sites being awarded grants totaling $2.1 million. The award represents the third-round of funding supported by the federal Social Innovation Fund grant awarded to the National Fund and its implementation partner, Jobs for the Future. The Social Innovation Fund is an innovative federal program that addresses major challenges confronting communities by growing high-impact nonprofit organizations delivering proven solutions.

The award represents a combination of federal funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Social Innovation Fund and an equal amount of matching funds raised by the National Fund from private donors. Locally, the Danville Regional Foundation, The Harvest Foundation, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region, the J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust, the West Piedmont and South Central Workforce Investment Boards, and the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Revitalization Commission, along with the regional Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance, have joined forces with the National Fund to develop long-term employer partnerships in support of workforce improvements across the region, improving employment, training, and labor market outcomes for low-skill, low-wage individuals.

The two-year grant will allow the local Collaborative to support training, capacity building efforts, and systems change work in the advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, and information technology sectors.

Regional employers in the manufacturing, healthcare, energy or IT sectors who are interested in learning more about the Collaborative should contact Julie Brown, DRRC Project Director, at jbrown@danriverrc.com or 434-836-5674.

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<![CDATA[Chamber Supports Referendums in Pittsylvania County]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-Supports-Referendums-in-Pittsylvania-County/
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The Chamber's Board of Directors has voiced its support for the two referendums which will be held in Pittsylvania County in November on the Sunday sale of beer and liquor-by-the-drink.

After surveying its business members who are located in or have a business interest in Pittsylvania County, the Board of Directors reported that its membership overwhelmingly supported both referendum issues.

Over 88% of Chamber members supported the Sunday sale of wine and beer in Pittsylvania County. Over 85% of the members supported the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages. Approximately 75% of the Chamber members who responded to the survey indicated they thought the organization should take a position on the two issues. Of those that indicated they thought the Chamber should take a position, almost 95% thought the Chamber should voice its support for both ballot issues.

“Chamber members recognize the potential economic impact that both of these ballot issues could have on businesses located in Pittsylvania County,” commented Chamber President Laurie S. Moran, CCE.  “When customers can drive a short distance into neighboring jurisdictions to purchase a mixed drink or to purchase beer or wine on Sunday, businesses in Pittsylvania County are placed at a competitive disadvantage.”

The first ballot issue will ask, "Shall the sale of wine and beer between the hours of twelve o'clock p.m. on each Saturday and six o'clock a.m. on each Monday be permitted in Pittsylvania County?"

The second ballot issue will ask, "Shall the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages by restaurants licensed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board be permitted in Pittsylvania County?"

The Chamber strongly encourages all voters to exercise their right and responsibility to vote in the November election.

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<![CDATA[3 Cheers for the Dan River Region]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/3-Cheers-for-the-Dan-River-Region/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce is committed to celebrating the “bright spots” of our community, which are those things—big and small—which make us proud to call this place our home for work, play, and family.

  1. The Boys and Girls Club of the Danville Area recently received a $25,000 contribution from AT&T. This money will be used to help keep students on track to graduate from high school. Specifically, the money will fund a pilot program, Pathway to Graduation, which will assist at-risk students. 
     
  2. The City of Danville was recently named one of 21 communities around the world recognized as "platforms for innovation" by the Intelligent Community Forum. Danville received this honor, in part, for its efforts to spur local entrepreneurship. Other communities recognized within the U.S. include Arlington County, VA; Austin, TX; Columbus Region, OH; Dakota County, MN; and Riverside, CA. 
     
  3. Danville’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism was recently awarded a state honor for its “Catfish in the Classroom” program. This program provides practical lessons in math and science as 200 students from Bonner Middle School, Park Avenue Elementary, and Schoolfield elementary schools raise catfish in 55-gallon tanks within in the classroom. This program was partially funded by a Chamber of Commerce Teacher Creativity grant.

If you have a “cheer” to send out, please email Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org with a brief description or call (434) 836-6990. 
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<![CDATA[November Newsletter Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/November-Newsletter-Now-Available/
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The November newsletter, Chamber Connections, is now available online for your most up to date information on recent happenings and upcoming events. Please view the electronic version of the newsletter by clicking here and then choosing November 2011. 


Please notice these upcoming events that are featured in the newsletter: 


November 5 - Community Wide Health Fair

November 10 - Young Professionals Event at Riverside Roof Truss

November 10 - SPTC Tech Summit and Awards Banquet

November 16 - Career Day

November 25 - "Home for the Holidays" Virtual Job Fair

November 29 - Business After Hours at Abingdon Place of Danville 

 

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<![CDATA[See the Winners from the Scenes of Our Town Photo Contest]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/See-the-Winners-from-the-Scenes-of-Our-Town-Photo-Contest/
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Did you miss seeing the photos on display at trade show? Then you can check them out on the Chamber’s Facebook page by clicking here!


The Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the winners of the recent Scenes of Our Town Photography Contest.


The overall professional winner was Mike Floyd.


Mike Floyd



The overall amateur winner was Charlotte Francis.


Charlotte Francis
 

The rest of the top ten included photographs by:

  • Mark Aron
Mark Aron


  • Becky Crane
Becky Crane


  • Forest Dalton
Forest Dalton


  • Kim Doss
Kim Doss


  • Beth Holt
Beth Holt


  • Pete Jones
Pete Jones


Pete Jones


  • Patti Okeefe
Patti Okeefe

 


The top ten photographs from the contest will be on display at Dan River Art Works for two weeks following the trade show and will be featured in the upcoming edition of Our Town Magazine. The top ten photographs along with a selection of additional prints will remain on display atDanville Regional Medical Center.

Sixty-five total entries capturing the beauty of the Dan River region were submitted electronically and by mail.

Photos were judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The Chamber would like to thank Danville Regional Medical Center for sponsoring this contest.

 

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<![CDATA[Southside Show-Biz Award Winners]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southside-Show-Biz-Award-Winners/
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Thank you to exhibitors and attendees who filled the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research for the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show!


A special congratulations to our award winning exhibitors:

STAR AWARD ("Best Theme"): Advanced Home Care (formerly Romar MedEquip)

Advanced HomeCare 

Best in Show (Best portrays products/services): Danville Regional Medical Center

Danville Regional Medical Center

Best Supporting Cast ("Best Customer Service"): Karen’s Hallmark

Karen's Hallmark

People's Choice Award (Decided by votes during the public day of trade show): Commonwealth Home Health Care

Commonwealth Home Health Care


Click here to see more pictures from the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show!


 

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<![CDATA[Spotting Exceptional Service - Customer Service Stars Recognized at Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Spotting-Exceptional-Service---Customer-Service-Stars-Recognized-at-Trade-Show/
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At the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and Evince magazine will recognize those who have earned a “Spotting Exceptional Customer Service” spotlight award in 2011.

Monthly customer service award winner are chosen from the written submissions of community members. Those to be recognized at the trade show have been featured in editions of Evince from January 2011 to October 2011.

Thank you to the following individuals/groups for providing exceptional customer service:

  • Jeff Dalton, Home and Wall Décor
  • David Reagan, White Oak Contractors
  • Bill Leopold, Main Street Coffee Emporium
  • Front desk staff, Danville Workforce Center
  • Lisa Kerr, Rippe’s
  • Robin Crutchfield, Danville Paint and Supply
  • Staff, URW Community Federal Credit Union (Arnett and Lowe’s Drive)
  • Leon David, Ben David Jewelers
  • Staff, Chick-fil-A (Riverside Drive)
  • Pat Gibson, Old Dutch North Main

 

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<![CDATA[See Photo Contest Winners at Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/See-Photo-Contest-Winners-at-Trade-Show/
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The Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to attend the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show to view photographs received from the recent Scenes of Our Town Photography Contest.

Sixty-five total entries capturing the beauty of the Dan River region were submitted electronically and by mail. A panel of local judges selected the top ten photos, which include an overall amateur winner and an overall professional winner. These overall winners will receive a $250 cash prize. Photos were judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality, and effectiveness in conveying the beauty and/or unique character of Danville and Pittsylvania County.

The top ten photos will be displayed at an exhibit space along with prints of all photos submitted in the contest. Credit to the photographer will be included beside each print.

The top ten photographs from the contest will be on display at Dan River Art Works for two weeks following the trade show and will be featured in the upcoming edition of Our Town Magazine. The top ten photographs along with a selection of additional prints will remain on display at Danville Regional Medical Center.

The Chamber would like to thank Danville Regional Medical Center for sponsoring this contest and Awards & Trophy Shop & Custom Framing for providing the frames used at the booth display. 

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<![CDATA[Exhibitors at Southside Show-Biz Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Exhibitors-at-Southside-Show-Biz-Trade-Show/
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Televisions, a recliner, massages, sweet treats, dazzling photographs, and jazzy booths are just a few of the indulgences that you will enjoy at this year's trade show!

Southside Show-Biz, a business trade show for Danville and Pittsylvania County, will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 19, from 12 noon until 6 p.m. at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville.

This premier event will showcase products and services from leading businesses in our region. With a professionally designed backdrop, the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce has rolled out the red carpet to attract approximately 60 different businesses who will offer fabulous door prizes, free giveaways, product demonstrations, and numerous surprises.

In addition to the numerous exhibits and prizes that will be given away at the event, you will have the opportunity to win a recliner from Ashley Furniture Home Store or a television. Attendees at the trade show simply register by voting for their favorite exhibitor. 


Platinum sponsors for this year’s trade show include:

  • Advanced Home Care
  • AmeriStaff / MedRequest
  • Centra
  • Commonwealth Home Health Care
  • Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Danville Register & Bee
  • Office Plus Business Centre
  • Piedmont Broadcasting Corp., WBTM/WAKG
  • Gardner, Barrow, Sharpe & Reynolds,  P.C.

Gold sponsors include:

  • American National Bank & Trust Company
  • Virginia Uranium Inc.
  • WWDN 104.5FM 1045TheDan.com and 1580AM & WMPW AMP 1037 FM.

Silver sponsor is Coors Light.

In addition to exhibits by our sponsors, businesses that will be exhibiting at this year’s trade show include:

  • A Nurse's Touch Home Care
  • Abercrombie Oil Company, Inc.
  • Abingdon Place of Danville 
  • Accurate Medical Lab
  • Ashbrook Audiology & Hearing Aid Centers, Inc.
  • Averett University
  • Bankers Insurance/CB&T and Carter Bank & Trust
  • Bassett Office Supply
  • BigSky Rents and Events
  • Carlisle School
  • Chandler Concrete Company
  • City of Danville-Utilities
  • Curves
  • Dan River Business Development Center
  • Danny's Welding & Danville Wrought Iron
  • Danville Community College Alumni Association
  • Danville Dental Associates
  • Danville Public Schools
  • Danville Public Schools Adult & Career Education
  • Danville Public Schools Career & Technical Education
  • DocuSystems Company, Inc.
  • Emeritus at Danville
  • Friedrichs Family Eye Center
  • Gamewood Technology Group
  • HD Web Studio
  • HealthSource of Danville
  • Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
  • J. W. Squire Company, Inc.
  • Karen's Hallmark Shop
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Medical Facilities of America - Piney Forest, Gretna & Riverside
  • Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
  • National College
  • Orkin Pest Control
  • Piedmont Credit Union
  • Powers Signs,  Inc.
  • Roman Eagle Memorial Home, Inc.
  • Sam's Club
  • Security Zone, Inc.
  • Showcase Magazine
  • Southside Business Technology Center
  • Southside VA Society for Human Resource Management
  • Star News
  • TekaByte, Inc.
  • VIRginia International Raceway & VIR Resort
  • West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board
  • Williams Gas Pipeline
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<![CDATA[2011 SPTC Technology Stars Awards ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/2011-SPTC-Technology-Stars-Awards--/
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Is there an organization, department, project, or individual that you feel is deserving of recognition for their innovative leadership in our community? Nominate that group or individual (even yourself!) for a prestigious community award in one of eight categories at the Southern Piedmont Technology Council’s Technology Stars Awards Banquet. 

To submit a nomination, click here to view the nomination form and return it the SPTC. The deadline for submissions is October 7, 2011. Electronic submittals are strongly encouraged. You can also mail or fax your applications. 

The applications will be evaluated based on how the nominee impacts the community, raises awareness of the region, markets the region to other areas of Virginia and the nation, and demonstrates their support of the SPTC’s mission to make the Southern Piedmont one of Virginia's premier technology regions.

Here is a list of the available categories with their descriptions:

  • Chairman’s Award:  Visionary leadership to promote technology in the region
  • Leadership in Telecommunications Infrastructure: Significant contributions to the enhancement of the region’s telecommunications infrastructure
  • Leadership in Outreach: Innovative uses of technology for regional support services and outreach
  • Leadership in Government:  Technological advances in government operations and functions
  • Leadership in Education:  Use of technology to promote and enhance educational opportunities
  • Leadership in Manufacturing: Implementing technology to positively impact and improve manufacturing processes and applications
  • Leadership in Science and Technology: Developing the use of technology in science and research
  • Leadership in the Service Industry: Utilizing technology to deliver exemplary service and enhance customer relations


For more information, please contact the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research: 
150 Slayton Avenue; Danville, VA 24540
Phone: 434-766-6771 

 

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<![CDATA[Leadership Southside Names 2011-2012 Class ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Leadership-Southside-Names--2011-2012-Class-/
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Celebrating 18 years of providing leadership development in the Dan River Region, Leadership Southside is pleased to announce the selection of its 2011-2012 class.

Leadership Southside is a two-phase, interactive, and informative program that offers current and future leaders skill building, leadership development, and an introduction to Southside Virginia. The program is designed to foster a commitment to community service and to develop leadership skills applicable to community service and the workplace.
Click here to learn more about the Leadership Southside program.  

 

The following candidates will be participating in the 2011-2012 program of Leadership Southside:

Amber Adkins, URW Community Federal Credit Union
Kelsey Bartley, Nestle, USA
Jim Bushong, Supply Resources, Inc. 
Laura Daniel, Danville Community College
Kathy Emerson, J.T. Minnie Maude Charitable Trust
Kate Farmer, Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
Craig Fulcher, Danville Regional Medical Center
Ellen Hargis, URW Community Federal Credit Union 
Nate Lewis, City of Danville Utilities
Lauren Mathena, Danville Orthopedic and Athletic Rehabilitation
Linette Nuckols, American Red Cross 
David Parrish, City of Danville   
Jennifer Robinson, Mary Blount Library at Averett University
Marietta Sanford, Averett University
Dana Silicki, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Cory Williams, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company
Jamye Wright, Danville Regional Medical Center

 

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<![CDATA[Chamber to Sponsor Candidates' Breakfasts]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Chamber-to-Sponsor-Candidates-Breakfasts/
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The Chamber will hold two candidate breakfasts this fall to allow business and community leaders to learn more about the candidates in the November state elections and Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors elections.

The first candidate breakfast will be held on Friday, October 14, at 7:45 a.m. at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center and will feature candidates for state office (Virginia Senate – 15th and 20th Districts; Virginia House of Delegates – 14th and 16th Districts).

The second candidate breakfast is scheduled for Friday, October 21, at 7:45 a.m. at Chatham Community Center.  That breakfast will feature the candidates for the Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.  Five of the seven supervisors’ races are contested.

The breakfast meetings cost $15 each for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. 

Click here to RSVP for the Oct. 14 breakfast.

Click here to RSVP for the Oct. 21 breakfast. 

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<![CDATA[Community Wide Job Fair]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Community-Wide-Job-Fair/
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The Chamber and Virginia Workforce Centers are partnering together for this year's Community-Wide Job Fair, which will be held on October 6 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.  at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. 

To date, there will be about 30 companies represented at the job fair with approximately 550 positions available for hire.

Attendees at the fair should be 18 years of age or older and be prepared to talk with prospective employers. Attendees should also dress professionally and bring multiple copies of resumes for the various employers. No children please. 

Companies represented at the job fair include:

  • Accurate Medical Lab
  • Aflac
  • Ashley Furniture Home Store
  • Avon Products Inc
  • Biscuitville
  • Danville Public Schools
  • Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services
  • Debbie's Staffing
  • Dollar General Distribution
  • Ecomnets
  • Enterprise Rent A Car
  • Essel Propack America, LLC
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co
  • GreenStar Insulation of Virginia ,LLC
  • Home Depot
  • Hughes Marine Service
  • JTI Leaf Services (US) LLC
  • Lowes Home Improvement
  • National College
  • Piedmont Broadcasting Corp.
  • Pittsylvania County Adult Education
  • Richmond Security Services, Inc.
  • Sodexo
  • Support Systems, LLC
  • Target
  • Telvista
  • TPC Acquisition
  • Unilin Flooring
  • Unique Industries, Inc.
  • US Army
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<![CDATA[Don't Miss the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show and VIP Reception]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Dont-Miss-the-Southside-Show-Biz-Trade-Show-and-VIP-Reception/
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Southside Show-Biz, the region’s business trade show, opens on Tuesday, October 18, with a VIP reception “by invitation only” for exhibitors and Chamber members from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The trade show will be open to the public on Wednesday, October 19, from 12 noon until 6 p.m.  The trade show will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research in Danville. 

This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the businesses and organizations that serve our community, find business leads, and discover services that can benefit your business. We strongly encourage all of our members to attend this event.

The VIP night offers a venue for building business connections and networking. Business cards collected from a “mystery” exhibitor will be included in a drawing. Prizes include:

So be sure to go by and drop your business cards off with each exhibitor to increase your chances of winning. You never know which exhibitor we will choose to draw from!

Members are also invited to attend the public day of the trade show on October 19 from noon to 6 p.m. When you vote on the "People's Choice Award" for our exhibitors during this day, you will be eligible to win a recliner from Ashley Furniture Home Store or a television.

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<![CDATA[Bistro 1888 Earns "Award of Excellence"]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Bistro-1888-Earns-Award-of-Excellence/
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The Chamber would like to congratulate Bistro 1888 for earning the Award of Excellence from the Wine Spectator magazine for the seventh year in a row. 

Bistro 1888 is among 3,743 restaurants around the world to earn this distinction for their wine selection and cuisine pairings. 

Read more about this honor from the Gazette Virginian by clicking here

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<![CDATA[Community Invitation to the River District Festival on Oct. 8]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Community-Invitation-to-the-River-District-Festival-on-Oct-8/
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The Danville Area Association for the Arts & Humanities, the City of Danville, and partners invite the community to the first River District Festival to be held on Saturday, October 8, from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The festival will be held at Newton's Landing, which is located behind Bridge Street on the Dan River. The River District Festival is supported by the Danville Regional Foundation.

River District Festival events include:

  • Community Market: 7:30am-12pm
  • YMCA Duathlon 10AM-12PM
  • IMAGINE Children's Festival in Carrington Pavilion: 10am-5pm
  • River Education with the Science Center & Dan River Basin Association: 11am-5pm
  • Scavenger Hunt: 10am-12pm
  • Talent Show Competition: 11pm-4pm
  • Local and Visiting Music Performers: 5pm-8pm
  • Beer Garden: 5pm – 9:30pm
  • Juried Art Show Competition: 10am-5pm
  • Non-Profit/For Profit Showcase: 10am-5pm
  • Food and Drink Vendors: 10am-8pm
Pre-festival events include: 
  • Catfish & Crawdads Festival: The Downtown Danville Association will host the first annual Catfish & Crawdads event on Thursday, October 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Community Market. Cajun food and libations will be served while music plays. Tickets are available at Mary’s Diner, Rippe’s, Danville Welcome Center, The Brown Bean, and Amburn & Co. Salon. 
     
  • Jus' Cauz Beer and Chili Fundraiser: On Friday, October 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Danville Fine Arts and History Museum will hold the Jus’ Cauz fundraiser to benefit the Museum's operations and future initiatives.

     

Follow the latest information on the River District Festival or the pre-festival events, please visit the River District Festival's Facebook page or website (www.riverdistrictfestival.org) or call 434-799-2966.  

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<![CDATA[September Business at Breakfast]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/September-Business-at-Breakfast/
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Join us for a presentation on "Regional Economic Development Efforts" with speaker Leigh Cockram, Executive Director of Southern Virginia Regional Alliance. She will speak on the efforts taking place to improve the economic climate of Southside Virginia on behalf of the Southern Virginia Regional Alliance.

The Business at Breakfast will be held on:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
7:30am – 8:30am

at the


Stratford Courtyard Conference Center
149 Piney Forest Road, Danville, VA
 

The Southern Virginia Regional Alliance is the state’s newest regional economic development organization which covers Danville, Pittsylvania County, Martinsville, Henry County, Halifax County, and Patrick County.

Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members. 
(Payment will be required for any reservations not cancelled by September 21.)

 

Click here to register online now!

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<![CDATA[2011 SPTC Technology Stars Awards]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/2011-SPTC-Technology-Stars-Awards/
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Is there an organization, department, project, or individual that you feel is deserving of recognition for their innovative leadership in our community? Nominate that group or individual (even yourself!) for a prestigious community award in one of eight categories at the Southern Piedmont Technology Council’s Technology Stars Awards Banquet. 

To submit a nomination, click here to view the nomination form and return it the SPTC. The deadline for submissions is October 7, 2011. Electronic submittals are strongly encouraged. You can also mail or fax your applications.

The applications will be evaluated based on how the nominee: impacts the community, raises awareness of the region, markets the region to other areas of Virginia and the nation and demonstrates their support of the SPTC’s mission to make the Southern Piedmont one of Virginia's premier technology regions.

 Here is a list of the available categories with their descriptions:

  • Chairman’s Award:  Visionary leadership to promote technology in the region
  • Leadership in Telecommunications Infrastructure: Significant contributions to the enhancement of the region’s telecommunications infrastructure
  • Leadership in Outreach: Innovative uses of technology for regional support services and outreach
  • Leadership in Government:  Technological advances in government operations and functions
  • Leadership in Education:  Use of technology to promote and enhance educational opportunities
  • Leadership in Manufacturing: Implementing technology to positively impact and improve manufacturing processes and applications
  • Leadership in Science and Technology: Developing the use of technology in science and research
  • Leadership in the Service Industry: Utilizing technology to deliver exemplary service and enhance customer relations


For more information, please contact the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research: 
The Institute for Advanced Learning & Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24540
Phone: 434-766-6771 

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<![CDATA[Small Business Membership Alliance Included in Chamber Membership]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Small-Business-Membership-Alliance-Included-in-Chamber-Membership/
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Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce small business members automatically receive membership to the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Membership Alliance.

The program is included in your membership to the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce for businesses with 10 or less full-time employees. 

As a member of the Small Business Alliance of the Virginia Chamber, you  will have access to:

  • Chamber Briefings, the Government Relations monthly e-newsletter
  • Chamber Action Alerts
  • Virginia Chamber Prosperity Project
  • Invitations to regional policy events and surveys
  • Opportunities to participate in building Virginia’s 2020 Vision Plan
  • Statewide coalitions & initiatives
  • Participation in Chamber Day at the Capitol
  • Full-time, professional government relations staff
  • Professional Chamber Staff and Resources
  • Chamber ‘Clout’ to oppose initiatives harmful to your business and support initiatives helpful to your business
  • Increased visibility in the marketplace and in the General Assembly
  • Discounted rates for members at statewide Signature Events
  • Online Membership Directory
     

To qualify as a small business under these guidelines, the business is at least 51% independently owned and controlled by one of more individuals, together with affiliates, has 10 or fewer employees.  One or more of the individual owners shall control both the management and daily business operations of the small business.

If you would like more information about joining the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Alliance of the Virginia Chamber, please contact Autumn Morris at amorris@dpchamber.org. 

 

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<![CDATA[Virginia Get Your Business Online: A Free Program from Google]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Virginia-Get-Your-Business-Online-A-Free-Program-from-Google/
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Do you need help increasing the online presence and developing a website for your business? Chamber members can take advantage of this program offered by Google!


You're Invited! Google and friends are coming to town to get your business online.

Virginia Get Your Business Online - a new program from Google - is an easy, free, and fast way to get your business online.

If you don't have a website or Google Places listing, you'll find everything you need to get started - web professionals at your side every step of the way. We'll also provide the computers or a plug-in for your own laptop.

If your business is already online, you'll find tools and  resources to help your business succeed online.

At these events you can

  • Get a free website and Google Places listing
  • Get 1:1 advice and tips
  • Learn more about online marketing
  • Network with your fellow small business owners
     

Virginia Get Your Business Online events are completely free. Space is limited, so we highly recommend that you pre-register online to reserve your spot.



Register online:
virginiagetonline.com/vachamber



September 20th
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

Doors will be open:
7:30 am - 7:00 pm


September 23rd & 24th
Richmond Centerstage
600 East Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23219-1891

Doors will be open:
Fri: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sat: 7:30 am - 1:30 pm

 

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<![CDATA[Photo Contest Ended; Winners to be Announced at Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Photo-Contest-Ended-Winners-to-be-Announced-at-Trade-Show/
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The Scenes of Our Town Photo Contest has officially ended. The Chamber received 64 entries to the contest with a mix of amateur and professional photographers represented. These photographs are a reminder of the beauty throughout our region, and we can't wait to show them off!

The overall top ten photos along with the top professional and top amateur photo will be announced and displayed at the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show on October 19. All photos submitted to the contest will also be on display. 

The winning photographs will be posted on the Chamber's Facebook page after the announcement at the trade show. 
 

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<![CDATA[Southern Piedmont Technology Council's 2011 Technology Stars Awards]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southern-Piedmont-Technology-Councils-2011-Technology-Stars-Awards/
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The Southern Piedmont Technology Council’s Technology Stars Awards Banquet celebrates and recognizes the innovative leadership of the Southern Piedmont. Nominations are now being accepted for the eight award categories. If you know a commendable organization, department, project, or individual, please nominate them for one of these prestigious awards. You can also nominate yourself.

To submit a nomination, fill out the nomination form found here and return it the SPTC. The deadline for submissions is October 7, 2011. Electronic submittals are strongly encouraged. You can also mail or fax your applications. The applications will be evaluated based on how the nominee: impacts the community, raises awareness of the region, markets the region to other areas of Virginia and the nation and demonstrates their support of the SPTC’s mission to make the Southern Piedmont one of Virginia's premier technology regions.

Award Categories:

  • Chairman’s Award:  Visionary leadership to promote technology in the region
  • Leadership in Telecommunications Infrastructure: Significant contributions to the enhancement of the region’s telecommunications infrastructure
  • Leadership in Outreach: Innovative uses of technology for regional support services and outreach
  • Leadership in Government:  Technological advances in government operations and functions
  • Leadership in Education:  Use of technology to promote and enhance educational opportunities
  • Leadership in Manufacturing: Implementing technology to positively impact and improve manufacturing processes and applications
  • Leadership in Science and Technology: Developing the use of technology in science and research
  • Leadership in the Service Industry: Utilizing technology to deliver exemplary service and enhance customer relations
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<![CDATA[September Newsletter Now Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/September-Newsletter-Now-Available/
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The September edition of Chamber Connections is now available online for your most up to date information on recent happenings and upcoming events. Please view the electronic version of the newsletter by clicking here and then choosing September 2011. 


Please notice the following upcoming events that are featured in this month's newsletter: 

September 2 - United Way Kickoff/Business After Hours

September 15 - YoPE at American National Bank

September 16 - Night Golf Tournament

September 22 - Business After Hours at Outback Steakhouse 

September 30 - Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open

October 6 - Community-Wide Job Fair

October 18 - Southside Show-Biz VIP Reception

October 19 - Southside Show-Biz Trade Show

October 25 - DRF Speaker Series with John Hope Bryant

 

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<![CDATA[Collections and Debt Workshop: Recap]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Collections-and-Debt-Workshop-Recap/
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Members met at the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center to hear from Suzie Bohannon, Brian Finney, and Luis Abreu on matters related to collections and debt for business. 

Suzie Bohannon focus
ed on issues related to in-house collection services. She addressed advantages and disadvantages of first party collections; judgment, garnishment, and bankruptcy services available through an attorney; and helpful online resources for finding related legal documents and guidelines. 
Bohannon is the Credit Solutions Manager at URW Community Federal Credit Union, where she handles delinquent accounts, repossessions, foreclosures, judgments, garnishments, and bankruptcy cases. 

Brian Finney focused his discussion on the topic of third party collections. During this discussion, Finney addressed important definitions and calculations, processes used by third party collectors that make them an effective option, and pointers for choosing the best collection agency. 
Finney is the President of the Retail Merchants Association of Danville
/Piedmont Credit & Collection Services. 

Luis Abreu concluded the speakers' portion of the workshop by addressing legal and psychological issues affecting the efficiency of the collections process.  Abreu focused on best practices for psychologically approaching the issue of collections as well as the legislation, legal processes, and exemptions related to the collections process. He also addressed classifications and implications of bankruptcy. 
Abreu is a Danville attorney practicing in the fields of civil litigation, commercial law, business law, bankruptcy, debtor and creditor, creditors rights, and family law. After practicing as a partner in two large firms for nearly 30 years, Abreu has now opened his own law firm. 

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<![CDATA[Sign Up for the Night Golf Tournament on September 16!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Sign-Up-for-the-Night-Golf-Tournament-on-September-16/
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Come light up the night at a Night Golf Tournament on Friday, September 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Goodyear Golf Course.  Sponsored by the Chamber’s Young Professionals Committee, this fun outing is open to all ages.

Night Golf is a captain’s choice, nine-hole outing which uses “glow-in-the-dark” balls and pin markers. 

There are several options for businesses and individuals who want to participate in the tournament.  For only $300, businesses can sponsor a team.  The sponsorship fee includes green fees for four and golf carts.  Sponsors also receive recognition in marketing materials, on the Chamber’s website, and at the tournament.

For businesses that would like to support the event and the activities of the Chamber’s Young Professionals Committee but who do not want to play in the tournament, there is a $200 sponsorship which includes sponsorship recognition but no playing spot.

For individuals who wish to participate, the cost is $35 per person which includes green fees for the nine-hole outing and a golf cart.

For more information or to register, please click here or contact Laurie Moran at lmoran@dpchamber.org.

 

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<![CDATA[How to Register Online for Chamber Events]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/How-to-Register-Online-for-Chamber-Events/
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Now you can save time by registering for Chamber events online.

How do I find the event I wish to register for? There are a couple of ways to get there!

  1. You can find the event you wish to RSVP to by clicking on the "Register Online" link under "News and Events" on the home page. This page lists every event that has online registration available. Click the event you wish to register for to find full details of the event and then click the green "Register Online" button on the event page.
     
  2. Visit the "Chamber Events" calendar and scroll through the calendar to find the event that you wish to register for. Click directly on the event to find full details of the event and then click the green "Register Online" button on the event page. 

To RSVP, you may be required to log in as a member of the Chamber. If you have any questions about registering online or your website log in information (user name or password), please contact our office at (434) 836-6990 or email chamber@dpchamber.org. 

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<![CDATA[Preparing Your Business and Home for Hurricane Hazards]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Preparing-Your-Business-and-Home-for-Hurricane-Hazards/
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Hurricane Irene seems to be shifting course out to the east, but it offers us a reminder to be informed of how we should prepare our businesses, offices, and homes in the event of a hurricane.

We recommend taking time to view this bulletin from Clemson University as a checklist for preparations to secure your business against hurricane weather.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management recently released the 2011 Hurricane Guide, which details best practices of hurricane preparedness around evacuating, securing buildings/houses, and assisting special needs citizens.

The National Hurricane Center also provides great resources on preparing for hurricane hazards. Click below to view the NHC’s recommendations on preparedness for family and home:

You can monitor the progression and projected paths of hurricane by visiting this NHC link From this site, you can click on developing hurricane systems to see more information on that system. Also, click here to view a list of 12 different online resources for tracking Hurricane Irene and future systems.  

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<![CDATA[Sponsor and Golfer Signups Available for Education Open]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Sponsor-and-Golfer-Signups-Available-for-Education-Open/
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This year’s Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open golf tournament is scheduled for Friday, September 30, at the Goodyear Golf Course with a 1 p.m. tee time.

When it comes to the Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open golf tournament, there is simply no competition.  Education in Danville and Pittsylvania County is the clear winner every year.

Whether you sponsor a team or a hole, you are directly contributing to classroom projects in our area.  All of the proceeds from this golf tournament are granted directly to educators and educational institutions in our region who are creating innovative and collaborative projects to enhance the educational experience of our children.

This year’s tournament format will be captain’s choice with every player’s drive being used at least twice. The tournament committee hopes that this will increase the enjoyment and competitiveness of all teams.


Sponsors & Golfers
This tournament offers a great day of networking on the golf course! Prizes include sets of Goodyear tires and pro shop gift certificates. 

Please consider sponsoring education in our region through one of the following sponsorship levels: 

  • Eagle Club ($1,000) – Includes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players you select, first priority for tee time, corporate recognition and signage at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.  Eagle Club sponsors will also receive a complimentary round of golf for four with carts to be used at your convenience at the Goodyear Golf Club.
  • President’s Club ($500) – Includes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players you select, corporate recognition and signage at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.
  • Team Fee ($400) – Includes cart fees and lunch for a team of four players you select.
  • Hole Sponsor ($250) – Includes hole sponsor signage and recognition at the tournament, company recognition in promotional materials, and advertising recognition following the tournament.
  • Dean’s List ($100) – Includes sponsor recognition at the tournament.
  • Honor Roll ($50) – Includes recognition at the tournament.

Prizes and Goodies
If your business would like to donate a door prize or goodies for all of the golfers, please let us know! We will need at least 150 to cover all the golfers.

Volunteers
Volunteers are needed to assist at the golf tournament, primarily as spotters for the par 3 holes. Volunteers should be available from approximately 12:30 — 5:30 p.m.




Please contact the Chamber at (434) 836-6990 or chamber@dpchamber.org if you are interested in participating in the Ed Steffey Education Open as a golfer, volunteer, sponsor, or with a prize/goodie donation. 


For more information on the tournament, please click here.

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<![CDATA[RSVP for the Collections & Debt Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/RSVP-for-the-Collections--Debt-Workshop/
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Is the down economy affecting your small business? Are you looking for ways to benefit your business by increasing collections? 

Join us on August 24 for this three-part educational breakftast and program providing guidance on collections and debt principles affecting your business.

Registration and the hot buffet breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. The speakers' presentations will conclude by 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a Q&A session that will conclude by 11:30 a.m. 

Speakers' topics will include:
  • “In house collection services: How a company can collect their own debts” (Presented by Suzie Bohannon)
  • “Effective collections: It’s a legal and psychological process” (Presented by Luis Abreu)
  • “Using a collection agency to maximize your collections” (Presented by Brian Finney)
Please contact Lynnette Lawson (434-836-6990 or llawson@dpchamber.org) for more information or questions regarding this workshop.

Click here to RSVP! 
 
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<![CDATA[Post Hot Deals on the Chamber Website for Free]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Post-Hot-Deals-on-the-Chamber-Website-for-Free/
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Do you want to move slow-moving merchandise?
Do you have a special to advertise?
Do you want to grab the eye of visitors on the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce web site?  
It’s free!  It’s easy!  It’s included in your membership!
 

You can post a Hot Deal by following these simple instructions: 

Log into your chamber member portal to advertise your own store special!
 
1.       Access www.chamberlogin.com
2.       Enter your login name and password. (If you need to know your login information, please call us at (434) 836-6990.)
3.       Click Hot Deals in the left-hand menu.
4.       Click Add a Hot Deal.
5.       Complete the fields in the Add a New Hot Deal screen.
6.       Click Submit for Approval.

Upon approval, your Hot Deal will appear multiple places on our website: 
  • Next to your name in the Business Directory
  • On your Member Information Page
  • And by category in a special listing of all Hot Deals which can be access from the home page
Try out this FREE benefit of membership! If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us at (434) 836-6990.

For a listing of Hot Deals already posted, please click here
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<![CDATA[Danville Regional Foundation Sponsors Make It Happen! Grants]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Danville-Regional-Foundation-Sponsors-Make-It-Happen-Grants/
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The Danville Regional Foundation's "Make It Happen!" initiative aims to help local residents get involved in making this a community of "bright spots and success stories" and to encourage people to take action for positive change in the area.

The Danville Regional Foundation states that the following objectives will be used to guide the decision-making process while awarding the Make It Happen! grants:

  • Create small grant initiatives/community campaigns that engage the passion of individuals, religious entities, nonprofits and local governments;
  • Demonstrate the possible through concrete actions by dedicated leaders partnering with organizations to make a difference in neighborhoods and communities in the DRF service region;
  • Provide grant funding up to $10,000.00 to make something happen;
  • Produce results that will positively impact a portion of the region's citizens, going beyond the constituents of the lead organization;
  • Document results and complete individual projects/grants within 90 days or less; and
  • Report and publicize how funds were used and what the project accomplished to the public.
For more information on the criteria for applying and the application process, please click here. You can also call the Danville Regional Foundation at (434) 799-2176. 
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<![CDATA[Office Plus Announced as Finalist in Resilience Awards Competition ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Office-Plus-Announced-as-Finalist-in-Resilience-Awards-Competition-/
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The University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and its Tayloe Murphy Center recently announced finalists for its Second Annual Tayloe Murphy Resilience Awards Competition. 

Office Plus was named among the 14 finalists from 88 total Virginia businesses that completed applications.  The remaining contestants will compete for five winning spots in the final round of selections.

This competition seeks to honor and recognize Virginia businesses that have overcome adversities and have "displayed growth, a dogged entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to community in areas facing high unemployment, high poverty and low entrepreneurial activity." 

In the competition's news release announcing the finalists, Office Plus was described as follows:

Since it was founded in 1937, the Haynsworth family-owned Office Plus Business Centre has endured four moves, a fire, and the death of its founder and second generation President, and renaming the company five times! Its newest challenge: big-box retailers and their Internet sales. Yet, the business, now in its fourth generation, has adapted. They formed a key relationship with the nation’s largest office products buying group, reward customers for shopping on their Internet site, added new product categories to supplement sales, and re-focused the business to the founder’s original business model. They also engage employees and, most of all, remain committed to quality customer service “after the sale.” Customers often walk out of the store with a courtesy bottle of water. In addition to employing more than a dozen people they are active in an array of local charity and civic groups. For this, they have been named a finalist for the second year in a row in the Resilience Award competition.

Five winners will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Along with receiving recognition for resilient business practices from the Darden School of Business, the winners will participate in a week-lon Executive Education course at Darden valued at $8,000-$12,000. 

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<![CDATA[Southside Show-Biz Trade Show Exhibitors' Meeting]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Southside-Show-Biz-Trade-Show-Exhibitors-Meeting/
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We strongly encourage all exhibitors to attend the Southside Show-Biz Trade Show Exhibitor's Meeting to prepare for the event and take questions in advance concerning this year's Southside Show-Biz Trade Show.

This informational meeting will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research on Thursday, August 18 from 4-5:00 p.m.  

At this meeting, you will:

  • Receive details and information about the Trade Show that you will need to know BEFORE the event
  • Review the marketing plan for this year’s Trade Show and learn how you can help
  • Learn tips and ideas on how to best market your business at our trade show

This is a free event open only to exhibitors of the 2011 Southside Show-Biz Trade Show. 

Learn more about this event here and add it to your Outlook calendar by clicking here.
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<![CDATA[August Business at Breakfast]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/August-Business-at--Breakfast/
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Hillary Salmons will speak on “Transforming Students’ Lives and a Community” at the August Business at Breakfast on August 31 from 7:30-8:45 a.m. 

*Please note that the event will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research instead of the Stratford Courtyard Conference Center where Business at Breakfast events are typically held. 

Salmons leads the Providence After School Alliance (PASA), a public-private venture to develop a citywide system to substantially increase high-quality, affordable, out-of-school enrichment opportunities for Providence’s children and youth. Salmons will share her experience and passion for creating collaborations that improve the educational environment for students and their families.

The cost is $20, which includes a buffet breakfast at the Institute.

Please click here to RSVP by Wednesday, August 24.

 

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<![CDATA[My Twinn Job Fair on August 18]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/My-Twinn-Job-Fair-on-August-18/
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My Twinn is hosting a job fair on August 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Community Center in Chatham (115 S. Main Street)

My Twinn is planning to hire 50 seasonal employees for first-shift positions in contact center, general warehouse, data entry and artistic finishing services. The company is willing to train candidates. Certain positions may require a computer proficiency assessment. Testing will be available on-site.

Bring your resume and dress for success. The minimum age for employment at My Twinn is 18.

Please contact Kate Farmer for more information on this event (kfarmer@dpchamber.org or (434) 836-6990).



*This job fair is sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, My Twinn, and the West Piedmont Workforce Investment Board.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[YoPE at Tiny Town Golf on August 18]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/YoPE-at-Tiny-Town-Golf-on-August-18/
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Danville Regional Medical Center is hosting the next YoPE event at Tiny Town Golf (643 Arnett Blvd.) on August 18 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. 

Cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be catered by Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. 

The Young Professionals events (YoPE) are designed to introduce our young professionals to other young professionals in the community while also presenting many of the great assets in our region.  The primary objective of this Chamber initiative is to attract and retain talented, educated, ambitious young professionals in our community.  We plan great events and networking activities that are open to all young professionals who are in the early stages of their careers.


The event is free, but reservations are requested.

Click here to RSVP online or contact the Chamber at chamber@dpchamber.org or 434-836-6990 to RSVP. 

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<![CDATA[August Business After Hours]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/August-Business-After-Hours/
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Ecomnets will host a Business After Hours on Thursday, August 11 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at their facility. (The address is 1 Ecomnets Way, Danville, VA. The building is across from Shorewood Packaging in Cain Creek Business Park.) 

Come out for great networking and refreshments! A Verdio computer will be given away as a door prize.

Reservations are requested and can be made online or by contacting the Chamber.  

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<![CDATA[August 2011 Newsletter is Available]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/August-2011-Newsletter-is-Available/
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The August newsletter is now available online for your most up to date information on recent happenings and upcoming events. Please view the electronic version of the newsletter by clicking here and then choosing August. 


Please notice the following upcoming events that are featured in this month's newsletter:

August 11 - Business After Hours at Ecomnets

August 18 - Trade Show Exhibitor's Meeting

August 24 - Collections and Debt Workshop

August 31 - August Business at Breakfast

August 29 (Deadline for Submissions) - Scenes of Our Town Photo Contest

September 16 - YoPE Night Golf - SAVE THE DATE; More info coming soon!

September 30 - Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament

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<![CDATA[Have You 'Spotted' Outstanding Customer Service? ]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Have-You-Spotted-Outstanding-Customer-Service-/
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If you have ‘spotted’ outstanding customer service, let us know! The Chamber is partnering with Evince magazine to recognize someone in our region who has provided outstanding customer service.  

Simply send us a short write-up about the person (be sure to include their name and where they work!) with information about how they ex­cel in customer service so we can submit their nomination to our selection committee for review.  

Send your nomination to chamber@dpchamber.org. We recognize out­standing customer service throughout the year so please feel free to submit nomina­tions whenever you spot someone worthy of recognition.

Also, click here to learn more and RSVP for our upcoming customer service workshop, "Give 'Em the Pickle."

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<![CDATA["Give Em The Pickle" Customer Service Workshop]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Give-Em-The-Pickle-Customer-Service-Workshop/
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Customer service can often make or break a business and has the power to keep customers coming back. That's why we recommend all of our members to consider sending your employees and frontline staff for training and discussion on best customer service practices in the upcoming "Give 'Em The Pickle" training workshop. 

In the "Give ‘Em The Pickle" training workshop, you’ll hear from Bob Farrell, who learned the importance of giving away pickles to keep his customers happy and coming back. In this training, we join Bob (via DVD) to learn that “Your business is not what you sell. It’s who you serve.”

This video will serve as a foundation for interactive discussion designed to encourage improved customer service for employees at every level. 

During the training and discussion, we will focus on four pillars of customer service: Service, Attitude, Consistency, and Teamwork. 

The workshop will be held on Friday, July 29, at 12 noon at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center. The cost of the workshop is $20 per person which includes a hot buffet lunch. The program will conclude by 1:30 p.m. 

Reservations should be made with the Chamber by emailing chamber@dpchamber.org, calling 434-836-6990, or registering online here.

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<![CDATA[Kick Off for Jobseekers]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Kick-Off-for-Jobseekers/
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The Chamber is partnering with several area organizations to host this year's Jobseekers Support Series. 

The series is aimed at equipping those who are unemployed with guidance on important issues that will assist them in the job searching process. 

The first meeting in the series will be held on July 19 at the RCATT Center and will feature representatives from the Virginia Employment Commission and speaker Ralph Price. Networking will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the informational session lasting from 9:00-11:00 a.m.  

Topics addressed in this meeting will include: 

  • A “how to” tutorial from the Virginia Employment Commission 
  • Factors that benefit your career
  • An opportunity to ask about questions regarding the unemployment process


No RSVP is required and the event will be free to participants. 


The Chamber would like to recognize the following organizations for helping make the Jobseekers Support Series possible:



For more information on this event, please visit this link or contact Kate Farmer (434-836-6990 or kfarmer@dpchamber.org). 

 

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<![CDATA[We Want to "Like" Your Facebook Page!]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/We-Want-to-Like-Your-Facebook-Page/
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We want to "like" your Facebook page and promote it on our own page.

Please send a link to your business/organization's Facebook page to Autumn Morris (amorris@dpchamber.org) and we will give you a "like" so that our fans can easily find your page. 

We also want to make sure all of our members are connected to our Facebook page for updates on Chamber events and for photos of recent happenings. Please visit our page and "like" it so that you will receive our posts in your newsfeed.  

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<![CDATA[Accepting Nominations for Chamber's Board of Directors]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Accepting-Nominations-for-Chambers-Board-of-Directors/
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The Chamber’s Board of Directors is currently in the process of identifying and nominat­ing a slate of candidates for seats on the Board of Directors (effective January 1, 2012). 

If you have a candidate you would like for the Nominating Committee to con­sider, please contact Laurie S. Moran, CCE, President by mail or email.

          Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
          c/o Laurie Moran
          P.O. Box 99
          Blairs, VA  24527

          or

          lmoran@dpchamber.org 


Candidates must be active members in good standing, designated as a representative by the member business, be qualified for such directorship, and have agreed to accept the responsibil­ity of a directorship.

Nominations should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19, 2011.

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<![CDATA[Deadline for Early Bird Registration for Trade Show]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Deadline-for-Early-Bird-Registration-for-Trade-Show/
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The annual Southside Show-Biz Trade Show will be hosted at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research on October 19, 2011 and will be open to the public from noon until 6 p.m. A VIP reception (by invitation only) will be held the night before (October 18, 2011) from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 

This premier event offers all participating businesses an opportunity to advertise your business directly and personally to thousands of local individuals and business leaders. 

Early bird registration ends tomorrow, July 1. The early bird rate allows members to participate for $425 and non-members for $600. After July 1, rates increase to $525 for members and $700 for nonmembers.

You may register online or call the Chamber office for more information (434-836-6990).  

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<![CDATA[RSVP for the July Business at Breakfast]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/RSVP-for-the-July-Business-at-Breakfast/
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July’s Business at Breakfast event will feature Mayor Sherman Saunders, City of Danville and Tim Barber, Chair, Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors.  Saunders will share his thoughts on the State of the City while Barber will focus on the State of the County.  Both will focus on the challenges and opportunities faced by our region in the coming year.

The July 27th breakfast, which is being held at Stratford Courtyard Conference Center in Danville, begins at 7:30 a.m. with a buffet breakfast and will conclude by 8:30 a.m.  The cost is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for non-members.  Reservations are required and should be made by Thursday, July 21. Register online or call the Chamber to reserve your spot (434-836-6990). 

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<![CDATA[Deadline Approaching for Leadership Southside]]> http://dpchamber.org/Blog/General-Chamber-Blog/Deadline-Approaching-for-Leadership-Southside/
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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-12 class of Leadership Southside.  The deadline for applications to be returned to the Chamber of Commerce office is July 13, 2011.

For more information on the program, click here

The first phase kicks off with an orientation in September, leading into an eight monthly workshop sessions on various topics related to leadership and business development.  The second phase will be dedicated to a community project chosen by the class and completed by December of that year.  A graduation program will be held in December.

The tuition fee of $995 is used to defray the expenses of the monthly sessions and can be paid by the individual or the employer.  Limited financial assistance may be available upon request.

Applications can be requested by contacting the Chamber office at (434) 836-6990, or by emailing the Chamber at llawson@dpchamber.org.  Individuals can also nominate others for this program by contacting the Chamber office.

 

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